Has humbleness left our society, or is there still hope in keeping it?
I spend a lot of my time with older-aged people who have experienced life's true diversities through social, cultural and economic fields. When it comes to anything, the word that is most often heard always rings true - regret. Within the confinement of their regret, these people also encounter the facts of missed opportunity and belittled confidence in the world around them - what does it truly come down to?
I recently conveyed this question to one elderly gentleman:
"You have been subject to a lot of different events in your lifetime. You have lived through countless wars, a depression and also rigorous weather conditions. Is there one part of your life that you can honestly look back on and say 'that was something consistently important'?"
The gentleman took a few moments to answer, his words shunted his lips as he went to talk about his family - the most valuable thing in his life. As for what he said next, I was quite intrigued. "I think that if I was to take the most consistent part of my life, it would be the people around me who have been respectful, loyal and humble throughout our lifetimes."
"When you take any situation where you have achieved something; seen the ups in your life, you understand how others feel after time. You can relate to what their perspective is, and I think it is plain arrogance not to be empathetic towards them, or if you can't, be sympathetic. Too many individuals - whether they are conservative or liberal - go about their business in life looking to achieve and then when they do, they show off and literally taunt those who haven't achieved. The difference here is that you can achieve something and stand by your conscience, or you can show off - that is the true test of your humbleness. If I can give you one piece of advice, it would be to achieve as much as you want in life, however, you must remain humble."
After he discussed this with me I went on to ask him where he thinks this lack of humbleness has come from. He went on to say "It's the mixture of parental advice and the experience of the individual." I had always been subject to being humble, but I had never heard it so beautifully articulated by someone with a lifetime of knowledge.
" Remaining Humble is the most memorable achievement you can have. "