But when we think we’ve finally arrived, we’re actually going backwards at a frightening rate.
A boastful comment on someone’s recent blog post reminded me of an old but true saying - “Pride comes before a fall.”
Humility is a virtue. It is remembering that we didn’t get here on our own. It’s not boasting or bragging. It’s the willingness to help others achieve their dreams. It’s acknowledging that sometimes we are wrong. It’s the ability to put the spotlight on others.
As my husband likes to say, it’s admitting we are not all that and a bag of chips.
Am I the best speaker in the world? Far from it. Am I a great writer? I already know I’m not. Do I know everything about publishing and promoting? Not a chance!
But what I do know in these areas I am more than willing to pass on to others. (Because really, you don’t want to make all the mistakes I’ve made along the way!) And I’m willing to continue to improve and learn more.
As writers and authors, as human beings, we need to maintain a humble spirit. The genuine, giving person will be remembered. The arrogant jerk will not. (At least, not in a good way!)
Do you try to remain humble? Do you catch yourself acting with false humility now and then? And can you recognize true humility when you see it?
Remember, if you do think you are all that and a bag of chips, you’re really just a couple fries short of a Happy Meal!
And since I forgot a photo on Friday:
Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone!