Being humble means we embrace getting out of line.
We remove the clutter from our minds as we step off the Hamster Wheel. By living one day at a time we stay in the present. But then how do we stay there, stay grounded? Staying grounded is an act of humility. Being humble is our tool to being mindful in the present. It is from our service that we receive our high standing. Humility does not mean we become door mats to be walked over. Being humble means we embrace getting out of line. That is a role that many of us used to relish.
I loved getting out of line…..
I remember being asked by the county sheriff deputy if I thought I could walk the white line. Looking at both of him and laughing I said, “I can barely stand up”. I had gotten way out of line, yet again, and this time I had been caught and would pay a steep price. I loved getting out of line, it was like a badge of honor to me. The more trouble I could cause the more I thought people would like and respect me. Foolish and grandiose were two good words to describe me back then. Sadly, many of us must go through the mess to get the message.
We are not doormats we are trusted servants.
In recovery, I have learned that getting out of line is the key to living a life on purpose. Not the trouble causing kind but the kind that defines real humility. If we step out of line, stop trying to push our way to the front, we can then help others who are struggling to find their way. It is not thinking less of our self it is thinking of our self’s less. Our tool then is our service. In our humility we receive value and worth. The power of our message is now able to reach those in darkness. We are not doormats we are trusted servants.
If we want to stay in a place of serenity and real value it begins with humility.
Being mindful, being present, staying grounded are all connected. It is easy for us in this world to get caught up in its fast pace. To get lost in getting ahead, being the best, and being all about “ME”. If we want to stay in a place of serenity and real value it begins with humility. We stop trying to sweet talk our way to “MORE”. Being humble in my purpose is how I stay sober. It isn’t always an easy thing to do because we all want recognition, praise, and accolades. It is keeping all that in perspective and me at my right size that is the work.
We are deceived by the prospects of glory in crossing the line first
Humility, such an easy concept that gets so polluted by our natural desire to be served. To many, like myself, it may seem difficult to grasp but it really is a simple idea. Think of it like this. We are all in a race running to the finish. It is natural for us to want to win. We are deceived by the prospects of glory in crossing the line first, when in reality the more we can help others to the finish the greater our riches and rewards. We continue to run like one who wins, while always looking for the one who has lost hope, given up, and wants to quit.
Forgetting ourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
With an uncluttered mind, a one day at a time mentality, we humble ourselves by looking to be of service. This simple recipe keeps us out of our own heads, our selfish nature at bay, and allows us to live a life of purpose. We are still striving to meet our own goals and dreams, to fulfill our own purpose, but we realize to do that we must live in humility. Forgetting ourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. Proverbs 11:25 says that the one who blesses others is abundantly blessed. A verse to refer to that never fails or returns void.
We have a message that is not meant for us to use to get ahead.
If we truly want to succeed in life and in recovery we must learn to be humble. We have a message that is not meant for us to use to get ahead. Its purpose is to bring the light to those who are, right now, in the same darkness we once were. By being of service and exercising our humility we will find that all of our needs will be met and then some. Stay grounded, be humble, be of service and you will receive a richness and reward to your life that you have been missing.
I challenge you today to give of yourself, be generous. Someone will cross your path that needs your help. It could be in a kind word, a financial gesture, or helping them accomplish something that alone they could not. Serve someone in humility and then share how you have been blessed in the process.