Putting Others First
Today is not a day to brag or to boast. Its not a time to talk about your success or accomplishments. Why!? Because today is …… Be Humble Day! How appropriate to have a day when people actually make a point to practice humbleness.
Now I want you to know that Be Humble Day can be a humbling experience. That’s exactly the intent of today. Humbleness is a good thing, it’s a virtue that is espoused in many cultures. Unfortunately, having a humble personality is viewed as a weakness by some our society. By living as a humble person this doesn’t mean that you have to be a doormat, but that you practice reverence or respect for others.
Being humble also doesn’t mean you have to be completely selfless and you don’t have to abandon every conviction, belief or idea you’ve ever felt.
The attitude of humility is simply a way of adding another layer to yourself. Being humble does mean that you do not think that you’re better, or more important, or smarter, or prettier than others. It also means that you are able to recognize the different gifts, talents and skills of others. Being humble also means that you are able to acknowledge how people working and contributing together can accomplish so much more than any single person. And it especially means being respectful and appreciative of others, regardless of who they are and what they believe.
Be Humble Day is a day for people to remember to continue their work on developing a very important quality. Most people prefer the company of a humble person to a braggart.
Be Humble Day can be celebrated by not being so egocentric and thinking that the world rotates around you. Using words or phrases like, it’s my pleasure or I’d be honored, are two ways to practice humbleness. Here are several more ways (can you think of others to add?):
- Truly listen to friends and family instead of thinking what you are going to say next.
- Appreciate the talents and qualities of others, and then …
- Recognize someone who has these qualities!
- Count to 3 before adding to a conversation to ensure the other person is finished with their thought and what they were saying.
- Be willing to listen to another person in conversation even if you don’t get to talk about your idea.
- Always offer to improve someone else’s idea and give them credit
- Give credit for other’s ideas that you are carrying through on
- Ask others for the opinion of others
- Ask others to join conversations and contribute
- It’s OK to be wrong and so admit it
- Admit when you don’t understand or know something
- Prioritize things in your life and rate your actions on whether to followed that priority or not
- Rate other people as first, be less significant
- Forgive those who wrong you and move on without revenge or lashing back
- Serve others and not yourself first
- Seek wisdom, which is knowledge of what is true coupled with just judgment of action
- Recognize and know that you know little and there is always more to learn
Hard to be Humble - video link
Important Exception: While you can’t brag about yourself today, it is very appropriate to brag about your kids today, or any day.