A lesson in humility

I get embarrassed at the gym.

“Keep your back straight, shoulders back, chest out. Come on Steven, chest out and keep that pelvis down!”

Most people listen to music at the gym, this is my soundtrack.

I’m doing an exercise that is hard for me. I’m using both arms only lifting five pounds and my friend is standing behind me giving me a little help.

It gets worse when two people that want to use the same machine come over, wait, and watch.
I wonder if they thought it was funny.

The gym, for me, is a lesson in humility. It’s one way of learning a skill, or better yet, a universal truth.

Humility is the greatest asset you can obtain.

It is an impenetrable armour that allows you to come out of any failure or shortcoming unscathed and ready to go for round two.

It will earn you the respect of your bosses and peers alike.

It will keep you open minded and allow you to receive insight from everyone around you.

Using humility to persevere.

If you have an ego and think you are the best at everything, it only makes sense that you will be disappointed when you can’t live up to that expectation.

If you are humble you can take everything for what it is, and not what you expect it to be. You can fail and be okay with it because there is no disillusion.

When you skip that feeling of disappointment you can go right back to improving yourself without missing a beat or beating yourself up.

Using humility to earn respect.

“There is no respect for others without humility in one’s self.”
– Henri Frederic Amiel

No one will like you if you put yourself on a pedestal. True respect comes from treating people as equals, or humbling yourself before others.

To earn someone’s respect, you must respect them first. To respect someone you must view them as an equal. To view them as an equal you must have humility in yourself.
It’s like social math. This is the equation.

Using humility to learn.

If you think you are smarter than the people around you, you will never ask them questions. You will never learn what they could offer to you.

If you are humble, people will want to share their knowledge with you.

Even if someone talks to you for an hour and you only get one useful tidbit from it, just one sentence, it could change your life.

Think of how many people you talk to on a daily basis but never bother to really listen to, or engage with. These are situations where you could be learning.

Bill nye

Working out has forced me to learn humility.

People hate criticism. People hate feeling like they are failing, I’ve learned that you have to keep going until you fail, or you’ll never know how far you could have gone.

And the only way to be okay with failing is to set aside your ego and accept things as they are. Maybe you aren’t the best or the strongest. Maybe I had trouble with that workout and maybe those two guys thought it was funny.

I don’t care because I am not pretending to be anything more than what I am. I will project humility with each step of my life, and with that, no one can bring me down.
I’m already as down to earth as I can get, looking up at the sky.

30 thoughts on “A lesson in humility

  1. Excellent Steven, I appreciate your experience in humility 🙂 I think it’s something the world needs to hear. It takes humility to get she you want in life and it’s alright to start out on the bottom ring and quell yourself to the top…kudos on your insights 🙂 I think your readers would be interested in an article recently written on humility and mindset on the job…you can find at mewswrytr.wordpress.com

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    1. Thabk you so much, I appreciate the words of motivation. I will check out your blog post as soon as I am home and recommend it. If you ever want to write a guest post for my blog let me know. I’m ure my reader would love to.hear from you and head over to your side of this blogging community. 🙂

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      1. Ok, I will definitely do that. Also when you get a sec, I’d like to ask you a few questions about maximizing wordpress. I’m new to it and feel like a clutz trying to navigate everything on the site. You seem to have a solid understanding of things from the way yours looks 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I like to try and simplify things to make a happier and more fulfilling life easier to attain. Hopefully I am succeeding in that regard. I appreciate you taking the time to read this. 😀

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    1. I can definitely agree with you. I used to hate doing anything that I wasn’t immediately good at. But with that mindset you can’t improve on your weaknesses.

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  2. Wow – how impressive is your humble spirit – with that position you can accomplish great things! You have inspired me today and I pray you stay right where you are in humility. big things await a humble man/woman. And you have wisdom too, amazing combo…………… keep pressing!

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to give me such amazing encouragement. Your words have strengthened my resolve. I’m grateful that there are people like you out there to help motivate people to stay the course and be positive. Again, thank you so much!

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    1. Thank you so much! With these few words you have made my day. If life has anything bad to throw at me I hope it does so today because I doubt anything could bring me down now. Again, thank sincerely.

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      1. It takes courage to reach out like that, I appreciate it to the moon and back. The people you cross paths with in this life will surely be better for it. I hope to hear from you again in the future. I hope your day treats you as well as you have treated me!

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  3. Great post. Humility is important, and it’s easy to lose track of amid continuous praise. I’m especially fond of the last line of this piece.

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    1. Humility is not something I’ve always been the best with, but now I see its value. Thank you! I really like the image that line gives off. 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you found my writing as well, your compliments are so kind. They have brightened my day so it’s save to say my light will continue to shine. Thank you so much!

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  4. I am taking your words for my everyday use and support. I have learned a few things from reading this blog, Thank you for sharing!

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    1. You are right on the mark. People focus a lot of energy on confidence so I wanted to show the other side of the coin. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  5. I love this post, to be humble for and to yourself… Beginning with loving yourself first, feeling comfy with all your own strengths and weaknesses and be compassionate and honour all life. Thanks for finding my blog, IAM sure we are going to enjoy each others journey… Barbara

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    1. Thank you for showing support. It means the world to me! I hope you’ll give the gym a shot again sometime. It took me longer than I’d like to admit to get over the insecurities associated with it. But again, thank you so much. 🙂

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  6. Could agree with you better! Insecurities are only limits we put on ourselves, and limits are more toxic to the human body than smoking. Glad you came to that understansing of what you have, and i love the post! Im definitely going to keep reading in the future. Good luck!

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    1. It makes me so happy when people can pull value out of my writing! You got it completely right. If we let the insecurities limit us we will just have more to be insecure about and it will compound the problem. You have to break those chains! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing. It has made my day.

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