Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Homegrown Values Week 3 -HUMILITY

While humility is the opposite being proud, it has nothing to do with self esteem. Do not confuse the two.

Self esteem in your child should be cultivated. It is how one feels about oneself. Having high self esteem means that you will feel capable about doing great things with your life, your self talk is positive and you love the person who you are, and who you are becoming.
If you have low self esteem not only do you walk around thinking that others are thinking negative things about you, but YOU youself torture yourself with negative self talk. If there is one way you can change your life, learn to raise your self esteem.

One can (and should) have high self esteem and cultivate the value of humility. Being humble means not feeling 'better' than anyone else. It means showing compassion for others, and accepting great things we do and achieve in stride, never feeling that it makes it smarter, better or more deserving than another. We truly are all equals. We are however born into different circumstances in order to learn various lessons and work on things at a soul level - to EVOLVE.  Starting out with a certain circumstance does not make one naturally better than other. We all have our issues to work out in life. We all have our own lessons.

Sharing the value of humility with your child is one of the best gifts you can give. Cultivate it by reminding sharing with your child that we should be proud of our accomplishments but that anyone can do anything they truly set their minds to and furthermore, that in the eyes of God, we are all equals.

Set an example for your child by being humble yourself. Children learn all things by example. Be happy when you accomplish something but also be humble in character. Practicing gratitude for what you have, what you accomplish and what you can do encourages humility.

Humility is taught as a paramount virtue in all the great spiritual traditions because it is of such great importance. Pride serves no one, and rather only demonstrates immaturity. Humility combines being sympathetic, gentle, understanding your own limitations and appreciating the gifts others bring to humanity and kindness - a very paramount virtue indeed!

Start practicing humility today and enjoy the blessings it brings!

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