Friday, December 1
How is being humble the same as being strong?
The origin of the word humility comes from the Latin “humus,” which means “of the earth.” In humility, we see our origins as deeply rooted in the earth and part of a larger whole.
Humility is not thinking less of ourselves or making ourselves small and weak so no one notices us. Instead, it’s about being honest about our strengths and our weaknesses — all while recognizing that there is always more to learn and new ways to grow.
Know that whatever you have to offer is a gift to the world. When you shrink, people don’t benefit from your gifts. “Your playing small does not serve the world,” writes the author Marianne Williamson. “There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.” She adds, “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
THIS WEEK’S LESSON