Humility and Gratitude

Even if you are good at something, you will still have the experience of hitting a ceiling, breaking through and then having to face the turbulence and discomfort of function at the new level. That process is best met in the spirit of humility and gratitude.

It’s fine to celebrate when you reach a new level of function, but you are wise not to let your relative success and momentary comfort morph into conceit. The energy of the “rush” felt after a breakthrough can be invested in future progress if it is not diverted into vainglory.

 

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6 Responses to Humility and Gratitude

  1. Lady Leo says:

    Humility and gratitude are equal in their power to unlock the human condition. They are rather like prayer in the presence of the Omnipotent. They are evidence of the realization of the origin of all power and glory.

  2. Ricardo B. says:

    Doesn’t that change everything?! It seems to me that keeping gratitude is great protection against vanity and allows you to keep progressing in your craft. It’s amazing enough to feel the newfound sense of mastery and the freedom it brings, which truly is a worthy accomplishment, but there is always more that lies ahead and there is no need to make things more difficult than they already are. I will remember this in the next rush of victory!

  3. Yes we can find comfort when we are out of our comfort zone as we grow to new levels by the attitudes of humility and gratitude. Humility does still the waters of our nervous systems and gratitude keeps our orientation upward. Such simple innate knowledge goes a long way for worthwhile living. The question really can be asked of oneself during times of growth is: do you acknowledge your responsibility to continue to be a greater blessing to your world?

  4. Brad says:

    This is a great suggestion to put that “rush of energy” to work for future progress.
    You are right, we often hang out there, relish the moment too long and look for accolades and waste what could be useful energy for the next level of breakthrough.
    A bit of gratitude and slice of humble pie goes along way!

  5. Zach says:

    It seems like whenever you let a success get to your head, it actually inhibits movement forward. Over-celebrating an achievement puts too much emphasis on something that should be a step. Even once someone has mastered a thing, there is still progress to be made in it.

  6. Marianne Q says:

    I can’t think of any situation that wouldn’t be made better because of these qualities!

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