Practicing Humility

Day 160


I can be proud of myself, all by myself. 

I don’t need feedback from others to accompany my good works and successes.

I practice humility. 


There is nothing wrong with sharing the news of an accomplishment, an accolade, or a good deed done.  It feels good to share what makes us proud of ourselves, and doing so can be a great way to set an example for others, but if we’re not careful such sharing can become a habit that does little more than serve an unhealthy ego.   When we *need* others to know we’ve done well, it’s time to rethink the motivation behind the sharing.  Feedback from others can become a crutch for our sense-of-self and worth.  If you want to make sure you’re not serving your ego’s desire for external recognition,  try keeping news of your achievements to yourself for a week or two.   Don’t share news of the surprising compliment, or pat on the back you received.  Don’t tell anyone how you helped someone in need or gave of your time by volunteering.   Keep those feel-good moments to yourself and see how you fare.  Even if you find that your intention to share arises from a  healthy ego, you might be amazed at how good it feels to be radically humble. 


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