Author Topic: how do you stay humble?  (Read 20797 times)

EricL

  • Guest
Re: how do you stay humble?
« Reply #50 on: September 03, 2014, 09:23:57 AM »
This teaching comes from Rabbi Simcha Bunem of Pershyscha. It was said of Reb Simcha Bunem that he carried two slips of paper, one in each pocket. On one he wrote: Bishvili nivra ha-olam—“for my sake the world was created.” On the other he wrote: V’anokhi afar v’efer”—“I am but dust and ashes.” He would take out each slip of paper as necessary, as a reminder to himself.


TreeTired

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 451
  • Age: 135
  • Location: North Carolina
  • I think we can make it
Re: how do you stay humble?
« Reply #51 on: September 03, 2014, 09:31:14 AM »
I remain humble because I am secure in the firm belief that I am much better than everybody else -  smarter, wiser, more worldly, happier, better looking,  and perhaps not richer than a few but only because I want it that way.... and if I ever need a reality check, I just come here.   

Public Hermit

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 85
  • Age: 30
  • Location: New Hampshire
Re: how do you stay humble?
« Reply #52 on: September 03, 2014, 09:32:42 AM »
I'm a natural-born introvert. I also know the consequences of not being humble as I observe my extroverted counterparts get themselves into deep shit by running their mouths all the time.

DoubleDown

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1991
Re: how do you stay humble?
« Reply #53 on: September 03, 2014, 09:57:58 AM »
I'm only currently learning how to be humble.  How to stay humble will be a whole other bridge eventually I hope to get to cross some day.  :)

Holy crap, I just want to say thank you for correctly using "a whole other." This may be the first time I've observed someone who recognizes that "nuther" or "nother" is not a word.

DoubleDown

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1991
Re: how do you stay humble?
« Reply #54 on: September 03, 2014, 10:11:05 AM »
I don't like the idea of trying to be humble.  I think being very aware and open will produce the same result. So while I think appearing humble can be a good thing, I'm not sure trying to be humble is the right way to go about it.

I see your point. But I assert that humility or "being humble" is closely tied to gratitude and recognition that there are much bigger things than us (like God in my worldview), and that what we have could be taken away in an instant, thereby humbling us without trying. Consciously making an effort to be humble is a way of showing gratitude and respect to a higher power, or for others if you prefer.

That's a different mindset (and result) from being aware and open (and those qualities have their own merits).

Chranstronaut

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 713
Re: how do you stay humble?
« Reply #55 on: September 03, 2014, 10:23:48 AM »
I don't like the idea of trying to be humble.  I think being very aware and open will produce the same result. So while I think appearing humble can be a good thing, I'm not sure trying to be humble is the right way to go about it.

Reading this thread, I'm starting to believe that humble is a title we can only bestow upon others, but is not something we can call ourselves.  Being open, thoughtful, teachable, empathetic and introspective may be the paths to true humility.  But humility itself is earned by another person when we understand and look at their works as a whole from an outer perspective.  It's a virtue we see in others, but I'm not sure if we can see it in ourselves; we are too subjective in our own motivations and accomplishments.

RetiredAt63

  • Senior Mustachian
  • ********
  • Posts: 11950
  • Location: Eastern Ontario, Canada
Re: how do you stay humble?
« Reply #56 on: September 03, 2014, 11:11:23 AM »
Well, of course you are, you live in the Center of the Universe.

Fuck being humble.  I'm frigging awesome, and not enough people seem to know this.

domustachesgrowinhouston

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 109
  • Location: Colorado Springs
Re: how do you stay humble?
« Reply #57 on: September 03, 2014, 02:49:06 PM »
I recall the saying, "There but for the grace of God go I".  I rely on that one when I'm being judgmental as well (so pretty much every day).

I was an EXTREME CONSUMER.  Through grace, I've learned errors in my ways and am now only a MASSIVE CONSUMER, on my way to MILDLY EXCESSIVE CONSUMER, and God-willing, one day I will be a MUSTACHIAN.

Compared to most of the people around me, it feels like I'm a financial genius (just yesterday I was admiring someone's new Range Rover, bought on credit for a mere $51,000, thanks to the $5,000 discount they got for Labor Day; and only a few thousand left on their existing car loan to boot).

I'm certain all of them are much better than me at other things and probably look at me going, "Why can't he just see what he's doing wrong?"

Exflyboy

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 6656
  • Age: 58
  • Location: Corvallis, Oregon
  • Expat Brit living in the New World..:)
Re: how do you stay humble?
« Reply #58 on: September 03, 2014, 02:54:25 PM »
I'm the humblest guy I know!

Frank