Humility Keeps Us Real

True Humility
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Thought for the Week

I’m always surprised by the number of attractive, scantily-clad young women who want to be my friends on Facebook—Michonne with walkersclearly due to my sparkling personality and rugged good looks. Then I see the targeted ads for easy-access bathtubs and walkers right next to those Facebook invites, and I think, Hey, even Michonne uses a walker (sometimes two). Then I return to earth. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

Sure, humility is regarded as a virtue, something admirable if not vital. But it’s far more than that. Only true humility grounds us in reality. Because the opposite of humility isn’t pride, it’s delusion. Without humility we cannot see things, especially ourselves,

For what they truly are. 

“Life is a long lesson in humility.” ~J.M. Barrie

“On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.” ~Michel de Montaigne

“Never curse a fall. The ground is where humility lives.” ~Yasmin Mogahed

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” ~Ernest Hemingway

“’Nothing is more deceitful,’ said Darcy, ‘than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.’” ~Jane Austen

“Really great men have a curious feeling that the greatness is not of them, but through them. And they see something divine in every other man and are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful.” ~John Ruskin

“For whoever is the least among you is the greatest.”

~Luke 9:48

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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34 Responses to Humility Keeps Us Real

  1. Love Alone says:

    Reblogged this on Love and Love Alone.

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  2. I’ve never thought of the opposite of humility being delusion, but that makes a lot of sense to me. Pretty eye opening, and I can imagine this view encourages compassion and patience for those who are “deluded” as opposed to “prideful”. I love this perspective! Thank you for sharing this.

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  3. Ha! I like that, “the opposite of humility isn’t pride, it’s delusion.” Some delusion is good, or rather, sometimes letting things capture our imagination is good! I once heard some Jewish guys singing Proverbs 31 over the women in their house, and it was very over the top, an ode to mom, laying it on thick with the romance of language. Very sweet however, and it really taught me how to appreciate the way the Bible is designed to capture our imagination, to pull us into an adventure, a relationship.

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  4. I agree when you say: “Without humility we cannot see things, especially ourselves, for what they truly are.”

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  5. Heidi Viars says:

    I LOVE how you explained humility, Mitch… another good quote comes from F.B. Meyer… “I used to think God’s gifts were on shelves – one above another – and the taller we grow, the easier we can reach them. Now I find that God’s gifts are on shelves – and the lower we stoop, the more we get.”
    Thanks for this wonderful reminder today! Great start to the week 🙂

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  6. It is hard to write memoirs and carry delusions. Hours spent observing the gaping holes in one’s attempts at loving brings one to ground level. Marriage to one loving spouse over 40 years tends to do that as well. Don’t you think?

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  7. Minister Mike says:

    Very true

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  8. The Mitch quote is my favorite, very insightful!

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  9. My two favorites were by John Ruskin and some guy named Mitch Teemley. I actually wrote them both down in my hardcover journal. This is kind of a big deal, because I hate the sight of my own handwriting.

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  10. anitashope says:

    Love your quote on your picture.

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  11. Ananda says:

    Thank you for this beautiful reminder 🙏

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  12. Lokesh Sastya says:

    Life is a long lesson in humanity. I agree.💖💖

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  13. alslaff says:

    Mitch, this quote popped into my head — from Charles de Gaulle:
    “The graveyards are full of indispensable men.”
    Children (and humanity) don’t have to be taught how to lie; like pride and arrogance, they come to us automatically as inherited original sin after the Fall. Humility wasn’t in that package. We are asked in God’s word to “be humble.” Our responsibility to keep working at it as we continue to become that new creation in Christ. Thx, Mitch.

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  14. gregoryjoel says:

    My friend and mentor Jim once asked me, “f you asked to most humble man in the world if he was the most humble man in the world, what would his answer be?” Jim was known for trick questions so I figured there was no way I could get this one right. He told me that the man would say “I am”. That made no sense to me until he said that humility was truly knowing your place in God’s world. It sure gave me something to think about…

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  15. revruss1220 says:

    Great thoughts and great quotes… especially the Ruskin one.

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