- On February 10, 2020
For the Love of Humility!
February is a welcomed month of holidays and remembrances such as Black History Month, Presidents Day, even World Nutella Day, but February is mostly regarded as the month of love, Valentine’s Day, remembering love and emphasizing the importance of the variety of loves that exist in our lives.
It’s not unusual for us to fall short in recognizing that love and remorse are intimately related. You can’t have one without the other, which is what makes love much more powerful. Although love is a short word it defines a large list of characteristics and meanings. Out of all the different kinds of love, there is one that is often unnoticed and needs to be expressed more often in all types of relationships. That trait is humility. The action of being humble is the ability and value of letting go of one’s pride and downplaying one’s ego.
A humble person does not always have to prove their point, or be right or lead the conversation because they are truly comfortable with who they are. Being vulnerable and showing humility to another person or loving partner can allow for better communication and trust to develop in the relationship. Actually staying humble helps to keep respect for one another as well as keep love alive.
Staying humble is important because it’s known to soothe the soul. Humble people are better able to cope with anxiety about their mortality because they place less importance on themselves and exhibit a higher self-control in many situations. Perhaps this is partly due to the fact that people who are humble tend to know their limits.
We show humility by letting go of thinking we need to impress people by appearing perfect or acknowledging, at least to ourselves, both our shortcomings and strengths. It’s the ability to make space for other people to express themselves by listening thoughtfully and setting aside our judgment or opinion, at least for the present moment.
There is an unbreakable link between love and humility. Love is not possible without humility. To exceed at love, one first needs to learn to be humble. When you love you choose to be at your best when other people are not at their finest. Love is when you give of yourself to others. It’s when what you want is not as important as what the other person(s) in your life needs. Having humility to is the ability to recognize and act on that, which is not always easy to do, however defines what true love is which applies to the many different types of love you many have in your life.
With love and humility, we at the FSA wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day!