The Importance Of Being Humble
I myself always try to remember to be humble, but if I am not careful, I can easily get carried away. Even though I try to correct my thoughts immediately when I think, “This is not good,” I may forget my humility at another time.
That is why it is so difficult to be humble, but what exactly is the state of humility? In this article, I have compiled a list of points that I am particularly conscious of.
“Have I Lost My Heart Of Gratitude?”
The first is whether or not we have lost our gratitude. For example, when we are successful in our work or receive good evaluations, we may think that we are superior to others because we have achieved these things by our own strength.
However, when we start to feel self-conceited in this way, we may say that there is nothing but ourselves about to fall down the stairs. This is because when we forget humility, we become arrogant, conceited, and lose our heart of gratitude.
There is no such thing as success by one’s own strength alone, even if one may think that one has succeeded by one’s own power. As long as we live in society, we are supported by someone else, and we do well with the cooperation of those around us, without whom there would be no success of any kind.
There is a saying, “The boughs that bear most hang lowest.” I think it is important to be more humble when we are successful and to remember to be grateful, “thanks to you.”
“Am I Being Too Attached To My Opinions?”
Second, are we too focused on our own opinions? Being humble means that we do not think of ourselves as great, we respect others, and we are open to other people’s opinions.
When one forgets humility and becomes arrogant, one’s own opinion is absolutely correct and the opinions of others seem insignificant. They tend to look down on others, stick to their own ideas, and try to push them as absolute.
If only it were confidence and certainty in the best sense of the word. However, if the attitude is that we are absolute and we do not accept other ideas, then we have to say that there is no humility at all.
It is often said that “there is always someone better than you,” and it is true. No matter how superior we think we are, there are always people in the world who are better than us. If we know our own position and how small we are, we will be humble enough to listen to the voices of those who are better than us and grow even more. Losing humility may be said to be a figure in which one has abandoned growing up.
“Can I Reflect On The Problems I Had When Things Went Wrong?”
Third, when something goes wrong, can we reflect on the fact that it was our own problem rather than blaming others? Usually, people have a hard time admitting their own faults. When we fail or make a mistake, we are tempted to blame someone else.
Even in such a situation, we must accept that everything is our own responsibility, and we must be able to think that there is something wrong with ourselves that is causing such a result. If we are wrong, we apologize to the others and correct our own ways.
Such a person is a very humble one. I believe that humility comes with not blaming or judging others.
“Can I be Selfless?”
The fourth is whether or not one is selfless. Selflessness is another way of saying that we do not put ourselves first, but others first.
When one begins to live in such a way that one uses one’s time and life not for one’s own happiness, but for the happiness of others, one’s sense of self disappears. One might even say that one begins to feel a sense of service to many people.
Service is not something that we do out of a sense of reluctance or obligation, but a voluntary desire to do so. As the altruistic desire to live for the happiness of others grows in our hearts, the joy and happiness of others becomes our own joy and happiness.
In such a state, the thought of oneself becomes smaller and smaller, and one truly becomes selfless and unselfish.
“Can I Ask For Nothing In Return?”
Fifth, is whether or not we are looking for something in return.
For example, people who are good at their jobs or achieve great results tend to think that because they are doing so much, they should receive a certain amount in return. When we begin to think that we are not being treated as we deserve, it is synonymous with wanting something in return.
Regardless of how we are evaluated by those around us, we should do what we need to do in a straightforward manner. Instead of lamenting the fact that others do not act on your behalf, you must act on your own initiative. It may be said that this is a way of continuing to give from ourselves, without asking for anything in return.
Being Humble In Front Of God
As long as we are human beings, we are not perfect. We may be the children of God, but we are not God Himself. Each of us has good qualities, but we are still immature in many ways. In this sense, I believe that the destination of humility is to be humble in front of God.
God is so great that He created the Universe. God’s love that created everything in the Universe, gives birth to it, and nurtures it. We must be humble in front of God, who embraces the entire cosmos with His overwhelming love.
We are children of God, part of His love, part of the entire Universe, but we never exist only in part, on our own. We are alive in the whole, and we are able to exist now.
We must live without forgetting to be grateful for being kept alive by God. This may be said to be the most fundamental humility for human beings.