To be truly humble is a great measure of humanity that can bring equality among many seemingly disparate groups around the world.
The value of humility can be easily identified, appreciated clearly by anyone and transcends many other surface level identities or characteristics such as intelligence, sporting prowess, physical beauty or natural talent. These measures are relatively superficial and can be given value to an individual which is greater than it might be if we knew them on a deeper level. However the actions of a truly humble person can place them in much higher esteem than we give anyone purely on a surface level.
It is therefore important to be mindful of our own level of humility in our daily interactions, and this should be true and sincere humility rather than mock humility which isn’t backed up by long term behaviours.
A big part of being truly humble is to allow everyone else the opportunity to demonstrate their own humility, and this can often only be seen when we look past the superficial identity placed on that person by ourselves or others.
So let’s look at a real life example of how humility is demonstrated as well as when it is foregone in order to achieve something more selfish.
The most common example can be seen in charity work and/or donations where the thin line of being humble or not is often crossed. If someone feels personally compelled to do charity work or make a charitable donation and they carry it out with the purpose of helping and supporting others, then that could be seen as being humble on it’s own. However if that person were to draw others’ attention to their good deeds then that is for personal gain and does nothing further to help those being initially helped. This is where the thin line of humility becomes blurry, as some people may feel the need to encourage others to also support that charitable cause by using themselves as an example of what can be done. Although there is a balance to be made between the attention that person is bringing to themselves and the attention on the cause they’re promoting. If the balance sways towards the personal attention then it’s time to step back a bit so that the charity is the focus.
Essentially, if we ever draw people’s attention to our own good deeds, however large or small, then it can’t really be classed as an act of humility as it should be about others rather than ourselves. The word selfless could be used in some respects, however most people who carry out these selfless acts normally benefit from an internal boost in self-esteem as it feels good to help other people, so it’s not really absolutely selfless and the word humble is a much better descriptor.
Humility is not really a word that you can use to describe yourself as it’s self-defeating as soon as you do. It’s more about the perception from others who may have found out about your good deeds elsewhere. So to be truly humble takes some self reflection and self control, but I believe we are all capable of true humility and many of us may already be there. As I mentioned earlier, the significant personal benefit of humility is the huge boost in self-esteem. So if you’re currently struggling with your self-esteem, then a few good deeds could get you on a much more positive path.