While we don’t know everything, we often assume we have the best and most accurate interpretation of life events. The wisdom of humility reminds us to accept our limitations and stay open to learning from others.
We all hold our own point of view informed by the story of our life. And while true and accurate from our perspective, it remains only one perspective.
Others also have their points of view, which can add to ours and offer a richer picture of our shared story.
But this requires us to humbly accept that others have something to teach us.
We live in an age of virtual know-it-alls and we’re tempted to take on this role as well.
For instance, after a few hours surfing the Internet we believe we know as much as those who have dedicated their life to studying and learning in a particular area.
And in our pride we believe these trained and thoughtful experts either are ignorant, foolish, or outright evil if their opinion differs from ours.
This plays out in many areas throughout our life and relationships. We tend to surround ourselves by people who already think like us and dismiss those who differ.
Certainly it’s good to have strong and informed opinions about things. But we must not forget to take humility with us.
A posture of humility keeps us open to consider and reflect on the opinions of others.
This doesn’t require us to agree with everything, but it does remind us there’s value in hearing other points of view.
It takes great inner strength to humbly accept the influence of others. Pretending we know-it-all might appear strong, but it’s a position built on a foundation of sand.
Stand firm on what you believe while maintaining a posture of humility.