Humility is the habit of not judging ourselves for any less or any more than we really are. It’s a two sided habit. One side is to use our gifts and talents to the fullest, while the other side restrains our pride from saying or acting as if we are more.
This habit helps us to focus on our own growth rather than the faults of others. We have the power to influence others, but change can only come from within. Humility is the freedom to live as the very best version of ourselves. As parents and educators it is our response-ability to alert our children to behaviors that are less than humble. With a firm, fair, and friendly comment, we can hold our children responsible for behaviors that will truly make them a better version of themselves.
Here are a few ways our children can practice humility:
Heart: apologize when you hurt someone’s feelings
Mind: write down the lesson learned from a recent mistake
Body: congratulate your friends on their athletic successes
Soul: forgive yourself for not always being the best version of yourself
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” – C.S. Lewis
“What we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth. This is now exactly reversed.” – G.K. Chesterton