Recently I have been pondering about Humility and Strength. They are both desirable, but what do they really mean?
I am sure there are plenty of definitions for them but I had to find my own. Sometimes this is needed: to find a personal meaning.
To some humility is to accept the truth about oneself. The good and the not so good. Regardless of where this truth come from; our own introspection, what someone in a comment or conversation reveals to us about ourselves and the capacity to accept it as it is.
In summary then, humility has to do with what you are. Recognising what you are is honouring truth. A good starting point.
Once we know what we are, our chances of doing what we can and what is better increases. Also, the capacity to stay out of dire straights grows. We become wiser in our choices and self knowledge.
Strength has to be more than mere resilience. It has to be more than the proverbial “Get on with it”. Both this attitudes can be a manifestation of strength, but also of resignation for example. Strength has more to do with the way we act (internally or externally). But, where does strength comes from? It must come from loyalty and fidelity to a greater purpose. If we “see” the purpose and understand the value of that purpose loyalty and fidelity to it will allow us to endure whatever test comes our way. As V Frankl said; There is always a how if we have and understanding of the why.
I can envision humility and strength as the two blades of a scissor. They need to work together to make the cut. If we grow in humility we will be closer to the truth and the real. We will be wiser and we will know what needs to be done and the value of it. This can be seen as purpose. And, if we have purpose, we can find the source of strength. We know what we are and we know what our endeavours are. This gives direction or meaning to ourselves and our lives. It sets us on the right course. We grow and evolve into what we really are. We become aware of our true selves and the meaning of our existence.
I believe that humility and strength would be of help in dealing with many of the problems people face today. It would give a different take and promote healing to emotional problems such as feeling a victim, or a sense of low self worth, to name two examples.
Lets try to find the strength to be humble and the humility to find true purpose which will make us stronger. We will have a better chance at understanding the meaning of what we are and what our life is about. We can all do this, it may need more or less practise and consistency, but in all humility it is worth the effort and we will grow stronger.
PS I like the Navajo saying so I'm posting it again: May you walk in beauty. Cheers!