Humble and kind doesn’t equal doormat
It’s trendy to be assertive and vulgar. And many so-called “leaders in their field” love to express their inner darkness with tattoos, disheveled hairstyles, and profanity. And I’m sure they think it’s “cool” or “sick” to make a lot of money but look more like a street person. So, they parade, back and forth, on a stage. In front of a large group of people who prefer a badass attitude over someone who’s humble and kind. Because goodness gets stomped by badness every time, don’t you know. But like Huey Lewis said, “Sometimes bad is bad.”
But humble and kind are qualities with infinitely more strength.
My computer dictionary app uses these words as synonyms for humble:
meek, deferential, respectful, submissive, diffident, self-effacing, unassertive; unpresuming, modest, unassuming, self-deprecating; subdued, chastened
But true, lasting humility, based on Biblical principles, doesn’t line up with all those. In fact, I’d erase all of them except meek, respectful, modest. I might add deferential and submissive back in with caveats.
In order to show humility and kindness, you don’t have to put yourself down. Or never assert yourself. And you don’t have to be a wallflower. Or lack confidence to stand up for yourself.
But you DO have to have a big picture perspective on life.
And the big picture is…you’re not the sovereign authority of the universe. In fact, even if you’re one of the most remembered people in history, you could still be totally forgotten one day. Almost as though you never existed.
“Well, Tony…that sounds like I should blast myself out there, man. Better to sizzle than to fizzle. Right?”
Yeah, you should definitely do that.
At least if you plan on making this puny, earthly (limited time) existence your claim to fame.
Because if your 60, 70, 80, 90, or more years is all you’re gonna have, then fire it up! Why just flicker out when you can go out in a blaze of glory?
But then again…
I might be right about this eternal life thing. (actually, there’s no “might”)
And if I AM right, then your blaze of glory is a precursor to the blazes yet to come. And they could have all been avoided with a simple act of humility.
You’re not all that. You’re not a king or queen
Of anything more than can now be seen.
But what is seen now will soon fade away.
So humble yourself and do it today.
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