Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all. ~William Temple
I've been wanting to write about humility for sometime. I tried to get stories from old children bed time books, recall experiences of friends and other people, or recall my own humble stories.
But then I remembered, if there's one persona who have exemplified in multitude the value of humility, there can only be one - Our Lord Jesus Christ. He was born in a manger and died on the cross for us. That's one epitome of sacrifice, born out of humility, but more so of love.
In this world of social networking media, one constant debate has been perpetuating my mind. I've asked myself a few times.
Is that plain conceit?
Don't you think that's feeding your ego?
Is that a downright bragging?
Documenting your moments, or flaunting your moments?
Depression or Expression?
Learning or yearning?
Through these questions I've started to weave what's really important for myself. That despite conspicuous way of choosing oneself before others, depicted in most social networking sites (in general), I'd like to chose hope and inspiration from it.
Hope that the person will find inner joy from his chosen way of communication. Hope that this person find the essence of happiness. Hope that above all the happiness seen, know where this happiness and glory originated. From that we could derive inspiration, to move forward and love God above all things. Putting others before oneself. I think that's the essence.
One simple word for us, yet hard to learn to value at times.