Reflections

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    Andrea

    My partner. He is one of the kindest people I have ever known and never flaunts a thing. He is nice to absolutely everyone we meet and is liked by all. He was a good friend to me for a long time and that relationship evolved and I am beyond happy it did. Without him even trying, he has taught me to be more patient with not only others, but with myself.

    3 weeks ago
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      Loc Tran

      Andrea, I’m glad you’ve found such a great man. Finding the right partner goes a long ways. I hope your relationship with him continues to evolve.

      3 weeks ago
  2. Robin Ann

    I would have to say my Mother as well. She became a nurse while I was in High school and was always trying to help others and was very nurturing.
    Even when she was ill with cancer she did not want anyone to know because she didn’t want attention drawn to her. My Mother did a lot of volunteer work when she was in remission and also worked PT in an elementary school because she loved being a nurse.

    3 weeks ago
  3. O.Christina

    It is embodied by a dear one known for a while by now, and a few kindred hearts around this friend. It taught me about simplicity, about humble hearts, about deeper stillness in His Love.

    3 weeks ago
  4. Chanel Adams

    I’m struggling with today’s question. I can only answer my mom. She does many great things for me, and yet she remains humble.

    3 weeks ago
    1. Avril

      You are fortunate to have your wonderful mother.

      3 weeks ago
  5. Dolores Kazanjian

    Okay, folks laugh with me, a longtime member of the Geezer club. I can picture myself yesterday at breakfast saying to my husband about a person from my past – friend, acquaintance co-worker or clergy – “(S)he has no ego whatsoever.” For the life of me I can’t remember who it was. If I do, I’ll be back. And, Lord I am envious of those of you who said “Mother” in response. My mother was a piece of work from whom I got little or no nurturing. But it did make me stronger; I know how to take care of myself.

    3 weeks ago
  6. Antoinette

    The author and teacher Woo Myung! He is truly a blessing to this world. I’m so grateful to have read many of his books and attended education courses. Thank you 🙏

    3 weeks ago
  7. Nannette

    I am having a hard time thinking of an answer to today’s question. That in itself makes me sad. The one person that comes to mind is my Mom who has been gone many years but who never asked for anything for herself…and certainly never any praise. She was the best!

    3 weeks ago
    1. Avril

      Nannette— the humble people are often quietly on the side out of the spotlight. That’s why it is hard to think of them.

      3 weeks ago
  8. Ngoc Nguyen

    My mom and my mother-in-law are embodiments of humility. I’m so happy to have them in my life. They’ve both taught me the importance of kindness in different ways. My mom always does her best to help others through her actions, for example, she cooks and gives free meals to my visually impaired friends and assists them with shopping for everyday items. This teaches me that even if I don’t have money, it’s still possible to offer help through my actions. My mother-in-law, even though she is dealing with cancer, still donates money whenever she learns about someone in need. I’m striving to follow in their footsteps to the best of my ability.

    3 weeks ago
  9. Linda

    My friend Catherine. She is a highly accomplished woman who raised her family as a single parent, had two highly successful careers, and is smart as a whip. But she rarely holds forth in groups, preferring to listen. When she does speak, it is always a well thought out opinion or idea. Yet she is as humble as one can be. I admire that she can listen more and talk less (something I struggle with!)

    3 weeks ago
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      Loc Tran

      Linda, I totally understand you. It’s human nature to want to voice our opinions. Once we look back, we actually have 2 ears and 1 mouth. More listening and less talking takes training. Listening more reduces the likelyhood of saying things that are better off left unsaid when looking back later on.

      3 weeks ago
      1. Linda

        So true, Loc!

        3 weeks ago
  10. Yram

    The president just gave several folks the medal of freedom. I find that those people are usually very humble in their accomplishments.
    Fr. Greg Boyle was a recipient. The work he does with the younger generation is remarkable.

    3 weeks ago
    1. Carol

      Yram, I’m familiar with Fr. Greg Boyle. I agree that his work with troubled youth is awesome. He’s written a couple of books and I enjoyed reading them.

      3 weeks ago
  11. Carol

    For me, a humble person seeks awareness not gratification and is willing to be vulnerable to do so. And, many times the challenges life brings makes s/he “shake in his or her boots!” to maintain that vulnerability but willingness prevails.

    The person that comes to mind for me is a Roman Catholic priest from India names Fr. Gus. He runs a Spirituality Center near Tyler, Texas. I’m privileged to know him. He’s the epitome of humility. Also, my beloved step-father who created a safe and loving home for my older brother and me.

    Also, wanted to say that today’s quote is a recipe for a fulfilling life. It really sums it up for me!

    “A practice of gratitude is not about dismissing sadness, anger, fear, or confusion. Rather, it offers us the opportunity to see that we often experience multiple feelings at once; to welcome joy into the same places where we hold grief; to turn our attention to what is quietly growing and breathing day by day, which, to our possible surprise, includes ourselves. “ Kristin Lin

    3 weeks ago
  12. Charlie T

    I’m not sure if it’s humility or low self
    esteem😁, but most of the people close
    to me are humble and not self
    aggrandizing. But of course I don’t
    hang out with the super “successful”,
    ultra wealthy people that have somehow
    kept their humility. But, as I scroll through
    my text list, I see it is filled with people who
    have overcome so much adversity, and
    have somehow managed to push through
    with their humility and sense of humor
    intact. I hold them in very high esteem.
    Amazing people that, beyond their skill
    and perseverance in their line of work,
    have so many other incredible gifts.
    Weather it’s cooking, natural history,
    photography, art, music, civic participation,
    athleticism, and so much more. I am so
    proud to call them my friends and I
    learn so much from them.

    3 weeks ago
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      Ana Maria

      Thank you Charlie! Perfection! You have a circle of friends that are real and of the world, How lucky to have them in your life. I too feel I have the same circle of friends, humble, lovely humans. I am grateful everyday for them and for my family that completes my circle. What a blessing they are. Keep enjoying their company. Have a wonderful week!

      3 weeks ago
  13. Avril

    My husband, Jon is an exemplar of humility. He was a single-father of two adopted daughters—he was given sole custody after his divorce. He is an extremely loyal and hardowrking human. He does not seek praise and he is endlessly generous. I amj grateful for him every day.

    3 weeks ago
  14. Mary Mantei

    My Mom is my choice for the humility award this morning. She, along with my Dad raised 10 of us rascals on a large farm. And they always managed to be involved in community and church service. My Mother accomplished a lot in her long life, and she rarely talked about those things or herself. I learned much about my Mom’s accomplishments from my aunts, my mother’s friends, etc. What I learned from this is that “accomplishments” come in many forms, and when you believe in what you are doing, your life speaks for itself. One needn’t be talking about it all the time. You are too busy, looking to see what is next.

    3 weeks ago
    1. Linda

      I love this, Mary. “Your life speaks for itself.”

      3 weeks ago
      1. Mary Mantei

        😉

        3 weeks ago
  15. sunnypatti

    A long-time friend of mine, Nancy. She and I used to run a lot of surf events together, and she has been in charge of the local Surfers Healing camp for years now. She does SO much for the community and just gives and gives and gives with no expectations other than to help bring happiness to others and help them find a safe space to let their light shine – particularly with the camp, which is such a wonderful thing for autistic children. She is always very humble when people give her kudos. I always told people she taught me how to run the surf contests, and she never wanted credit although it was true. She’s a family lady – to her own blood and to all the many many people who have gotten to know and love her like I do. The lesson here is to just follow your heart and do good. Keep your head up when things get tough because if you’re doing the right things, it will always work out.

    3 weeks ago
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