Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Humility

A dear friend of mine always says, "There's a thin line between self confidence and arrogance". Although the difference between the two is subtle, it is not difficult to analyze whether a person is just self confident or simply over confident. Through the years, I have realized that whilst confidence is a sine quo non for success, it needs to be tempered with humility. Clichéd as it may be, pride indeed goes before a fall.

Humility doesn't mean that you become meek and submissive. It means that you are willing to listen to other peoples' points of view. It means you are willing to acknowledge that you could be wrong. It means that you can treat success and failure just the same. Humility enables a person to accept defeat with grace as well as acknowledge success without conceit. Above all, it shows strength of character. I am reminded of a beautiful verse I read from one of the many 'Our Daily Bread' booklets at home:

"Blessed Saviour, make us humble,
Take away our sinful pride;
In ourselves we're sure to stumble,
Help us stay close by Your side." -- D. De Haan


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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Humility

A dear friend of mine always says, "There's a thin line between self confidence and arrogance". Although the difference between the two is subtle, it is not difficult to analyze whether a person is just self confident or simply over confident. Through the years, I have realized that whilst confidence is a sine quo non for success, it needs to be tempered with humility. Clichéd as it may be, pride indeed goes before a fall.

Humility doesn't mean that you become meek and submissive. It means that you are willing to listen to other peoples' points of view. It means you are willing to acknowledge that you could be wrong. It means that you can treat success and failure just the same. Humility enables a person to accept defeat with grace as well as acknowledge success without conceit. Above all, it shows strength of character. I am reminded of a beautiful verse I read from one of the many 'Our Daily Bread' booklets at home:

"Blessed Saviour, make us humble,
Take away our sinful pride;
In ourselves we're sure to stumble,
Help us stay close by Your side." -- D. De Haan


2 comments: