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I was proud of my husband today. He felt certain that the crew that mows our lawn, and has been doing some extra landscaping for us, had not done the extra landscaping last week. So he called the owner of the company and told him so. The owner was not pleased and said they had done the work. Later when my husband realized that he was wrong, he called the owner, told him he had been wrong, and apologized. Those two little words, “I’m sorry,” can make all the difference in the world in healing relationships. I’m grateful that I have a husband who will own up to his mistakes when he has been wrong.
I’m grateful that he will say I’m sorry when he has been wrong. ♥️
Humility to me is admitting when you’re wrong and then fixing your mistakes. People have so much pride in this world that when they do something they won’t admit to it. Instead they would prefer to blame everyone else for what happened in their life and play the victim instead of saying “Okay I am sorry” or “I messed up”. Humility is about taking the lower seat at times and it’s okay to take the lower seat.
Saint Francis of Assisi comes to mind. Humility expressed so beautifully and deeply touching in his Canticle of the Sun, the Praise of the creatures. His Love for all living beings, all creation and especially the animals is what is present until today and is humbly shining fully alive, as if he would stand right aside us, with the birds visiting his loving hand whenever he appears in our consciousness.
The Canticle of the Sun
Most High, all powerful, good Lord,
Yours are the praises, the glory, the honour, and all blessing.
To You alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no man is worthy to mention Your name.
Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and you give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendour!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
in heaven you formed them clear and precious and beautiful.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind,
and through the air, cloudy and serene,
and every kind of weather through which
You give sustenance to Your creatures.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water,
which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom you light the night and he is beautiful
and playful and robust and strong.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Mother Earth,
who sustains us and governs us and who produces
varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.
Praised be You, my Lord,
through those who give pardon for Your love,
and bear infirmity and tribulation.
Blessed are those who endure in peace
for by You, Most High, they shall be crowned.
Praised be You, my Lord,
through our Sister Bodily Death,
from whom no living man can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin.
Blessed are those who will
find Your most holy will,
for the second death shall do them no harm.
Praise and bless my Lord,
and give Him thanks
and serve Him with great humility.
our rivers. They give us water to drink and are watering our gardens. To wash ourselves they give us their water. and take all the dirt. they don’t ask for anything, don’t stick to anything and go their way. Also our mother earth. she feeds us all, no matter who we are and though we take more than we need. She is always giving humbly. .
The creators and contributors of this powerful transformational practice! Br David, Kristi, Sheryl and others who are less visible follow their calling with true humility – no fanfare, no ego, no commercial motive, always open to learning.
All the people that quietly go about their jobs helping others, while keeping their self worth intact. Teachers, nurses, janitors, farm workers, vet techs, dishwashers, maids, childcare providers, and so many more.
I think that people who have the courage to challenge themselves, to question their values and their actions are examples of humility.
“True Humility” is an interesting term. I guess I would say that anyone who is willing instead of willful, lives from the soul not the ego, is expressing humility. The evolutionary path for us as a species is not a straight line. It is a spiral and so we trudge. “Truth” is a tricky word. I can’t speak for others but for me, it has changed over the years. For me, the humble person seeks awareness not gratification and is willing to be vulnerable and many times “shakes in his or her boots!
The first person to come to mind was Mother Theresa.
Ram Das and Brother David are two that come to mind immediately.
I had a cousin with whom I reconnected shortly before she passed away. She is one of the few people I’ve known who lived without an agenda. Clear-eyed about both her mistakes and her gifts. She enjoyed helping but did so in the background, not out of modesty but because that’s where her gifts lay.
Thay comes to mind right away and other sages who have passed. Thay has really helped me to see humility up close and personal. He is a beautiful example of the art of living.
Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay)
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