“Pride makes us artificial, humility makes us real.” —Thomas Merton
—Loyola Marymont University philosophy professor, Jason Baehr writes in “Humility and Strengths”
“… Minimally, a humble person is aware of, rather than oblivious to or in denial about, her limitations.
But such awareness is not sufficient for humility, for a person could be aware of but chronically irritated by or defensive about her limitations. As such, she would be less than humble. Accordingly, humility also involves accepting or “owning” one’s limitations.
…humility involves a fitting awareness and responsiveness, not just toward one’s limitations and weaknesses, but also toward one’s abilities and strengths.”
Humility is about knowing ourselves—our weaknesses, strengths and where there’s room for growth in our understanding of both. The more I read, I think this trait may be the key to lasting relationships.
Pride and arrogance don’t build a lot of trust in one another and in turn make forgiveness of our transgressions much more difficult.
Now, if that isn’t a thought worth pondering on this day of celebrating LOVE, what is?
Happy Valentine’s Day 2019!