Humility- The Key Ingredient
“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”
— C.S. Lewis
Some years ago, I was oft injured from over training. One day a practitioner said to me “Eric you can either age gracefully, or you can age foolishly, the choice is yours.” It’s a statement that has stuck with me over the years. That episode is an occasion I know all to well in life - getting served up a nice big slice of humble pie. And while humble pie isn’t easy to swallow, humility is a key ingredient to finding your bliss.
Wherever you are on your journey of fitness and wellness, the one thing that keeps you from whatever it is that you’re seeking is you. The way to triumph past the ego is through the practice of letting go - Letting go of your fears, letting go of false expectations, and letting go of judgment. Like all of us, I have a lot of work to do in letting go and finding humility. This checklist serves me as a helpful reminder:
- Humility is to define yourself by your interior. Ego defines self worth as your job, your body, and your things.
- Humility is the ability to listen. Ego is the desire to speak.
- Humility is the ability to look at your shadow and accept what you see. Ego avoids and/or pretends that there is no shadow.
- Humility is the ability to ask the right questions. Ego is the demand for answers.
- Humility is stillness. Ego is busyness.
- Humility is acceptance of responsibility. Ego is blaming someone else.
Humility is to define yourself by your interior. Humility is the Key Ingredient- EC Stevens