I’m sure it comes as no great shock that I spend a significant amount of time thinking about myself. My mind’s inner workings, as well as my reactions to the world around me, are a never-ending stream of fascination. I’ll retell stories to myself all day long, getting it just right. If it’s something juicy, i.e., something I can cling to, well, that’s a full day of gnawing right there!
I’m attempting a month of humility:
Humility simply requires a man to think of his abilities and his actions as no greater, and no lesser, than they really are. Real humility then mandates that a man knows and is completely honest with himself.
A truly humble person wouldn’t recite a scenario to themselves 500 times. That’s not right-sized. That’s navel-gazing at its rawest. My brain would be a superstar on the show “Hoarders”. I can’t let anything go. Who knows when I might need a certain resentment? And I’m constantly taking inventory.
Today’s Mission: Think of others. Actively. See things from their point of view. Empathize. When someone talks to me, follow-up with a question that builds off what they just said, as opposed to turning the conversation around to me. Be a sounding board, a shoulder.
In other words, pull my head out of my ass and look around.
Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less. –C.S. Lewis