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The virtue of humility.

The virtue of humility.

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  • 1. Humility
  • 2. If a person has humility, it means that they treat other people with respect.
  • 3. They freely listen to someone before trying to resolve their problems.
  • 4. They put themselves at someone else's service.
  • 5. Having humility does not mean that you have an inferiority complex, that you have a poor image of yourself, that you are not confident, or that you hide your talents in order to make someone else feel better.
  • 6. It just means that you turn away from your selfishness and try to enter into the other person's world.
  • 7. A person with humility tries to understand another person's sufferings and joys.
  • 8. If the other person opens up to them, they keep their secrets and do not judge the person or spread gossip about them.
  • 9. When someone is speaking to them, they pay attention and try to see the other person's point of view.
  • 10. They try to understand what the other person is really saying, even if their own life is very different from that person's.
  • 11. Instead of quickly saying, "I know how to get you back on your feet, I'll tell you what to do..."
  • 12. ...they remain open and ask God to help them find the right pathway.
  • 13. A humble person does not always have to be right.
  • 14. The attitude of humility comes from God's power within us. Humility helps us speak at the right moment, have good intentions, and ask God for the right words.
  • 15. If a person has humility, they will not feel superior to someone else just because they are poor or they have a disability.
  • 16. Instead, the person with humility will think, "This person could have something unique to say, that I do not even suspect. They may be able to teach me something very good that I will never forget."
  • 17. This is why people with humility will even go so far as to say that poor people are "their masters"-- because they have experienced that a poor person can preach to them, just by being there.
  • 18. Often times a poor person will need a boost in confidence.
  • 19. A humble person will keep watching out for signs of the other person's hopes or dreams as they are telling their story.
  • 20. If the poor person feels understood, it then becomes possible to begin something with them.
  • 21. A person with humility will not say, "Oh, the same thing happened to me once, let me tell you all about how I solved my problem and got over it." A humble person tries not to make hurtful comparisons.
  • 22. It is human nature to make ourselves look good, to criticize, to want to have power over other people, and to prove that we are right.
  • 23. Humility is when we avoid all this, out of love for the other person.
  • 24. A person mostly needs to be acknowledged and listened to, before being helped.
  • 25. The way that a person presents themselves to us depends a lot on our attitude towards them.
  • 26. So it is best to practice humility, always reminding ourselves to approach another person in faith and recognize the presence of God in them.
  • 27. brought to you by The Vincentians