What is humility? How does one cultivate and develop humility?

Humility is the recognition that the world does not revolve around oneself. Although we understand this truth intellectually, we don’t relate to it in a real, intuitive way. Our own experience is all we have, and therefore the external world is only filtered through our personal lens.

Turn to any channel or website, or open to any page in any magazine, and you will discover the same message. “You are important. Chase your dreams and fulfill your desires.” Humility proclaims the opposite – “You are insignificant. Forget your dreams and desires. Serve others and contribute to the world.”

Our society is devoid of humility, and thus devoid of humanity. Humility is the spiritual essence of an individual; without this attribute, every other positive attribute is undermined. Humility is only acquired with conscious effort, time, and proven strategies and techniques. Let’s devote some more time to working on humility.

What is the difference between worrying and planning? What is the different between sulking and reflecting? Worrying and planning are both looking into the future; sulking and reflecting are both looking into the past.

The difference is control. Planning and reflecting are conscious, purposeful, and organized mental processes. Worrying and sulking are automatic, meaningless, and chaotic mental processes. In other words, you control planning and reflecting, but you don’t control worrying and sulking – they control you.

Whether you’re looking into the past or future, the key to positive thought is in your hand now. All thinking takes place in only the moment of now, and your thinking now creates a chain reaction extending into the future. Now you can think about what you want. What will you think about?

What does a lizard share in common with a thunderstorm? What does a paper clip share in common with the FBI? What does the tax code share in common with plankton? What do all of the above share in common with each other?

Every creature, event, object, organization, or process share two factors: a purpose and the means to reach that purpose. A lizard’s purpose is to survive and create other lizards, and a thunderstorm’s purpose is to relieve the pressure of condensation and air in the atmosphere. They are both given the biological or meteorlogical conditions and tools to accomplish their purpose.

What is the purpose of a person? To give to others and strive for character completion. What are the means to reach that purpose? A person’s intellect, emotion, and physical capabilities.

What is your purpose? How will you give to others? How will you grow? What tools were you given to accomplish this purpose? How will you use those tools? How will you change yourself and the world? Why are you here?