Humility requires seeing with the brain, not the eyes – penetrating the surface appearance to grasp the deeper reality.

On the surface, we experience the world to revolve around us. We look left, right, up and down – we constantly stand in the center of the world. Objects enter and exit our bodies, and possessions fall into and out of our control. When we fall asleep, time stops and the universe disappears.

However, looking deeper, we understand that the universe exists independently outside of us. When we fall asleep, time continues, and while we eat breakfast, millions of others also eat breakfast, or even lunch or dinner. Logic awakens us to the truth: the world does not revolve around us.

Humility requires harnessing the power of the intellect to see the world not as it appears, but as it really is.

How can we become humble? We must learn from everyone.

Every person we meet has something to teach us – especially those that challenge what we stand for. Humility commands us to recognize others’ greatness and respect their talents. Humility generates a genuine desire for others to succeed and experience happiness.

Since our birth, the seeds of jealousy, greed, and laziness have sprouted and grown inside our hearts and minds, clouding our awareness. Humility illuminates all darkness and uproots negativity.

Take one minute to change your life. Think about someone you don’t like, and now think about one good quality this person embodies. Humility is yours for the taking – think about positive qualities that others have.

How does one acquire humility?

It’s hard for us to accept our own faults. We focus all day on results and productivity – we forget about the process. We forget that learning and growth demand mistakes. Humility requires letting go of our expectations of perfection; humility requires taking risks and getting hurt.

We want to be the best in our field. We want to be the best at this skill or that technique. We want to be the best parent in the community or best teacher in the school. Humility wants something else. Humility wants you to be best you. That’s it.

How can we improve? How can we help others improve? These questions are the first two steps on the ladder to humility.

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