Webster’s defines it here:

Definition of Humility

: the quality or state of being humble

Definition of Humble

1: not proud or haughty : not arrogant or assertive

2: reflecting, expressing, or offered in a spirit of deference or submission <a humble apology>
3a: ranking low in a hierarchy or scale : insignificant,unpretentious
b : not costly or luxurious <a humble contraption>

But in my readings from Alan Morinis’s Everyday Holiness, it is also a matter of the space you occupy. Taking up just enough space, not too much, and not so little you disappear. This could be physically, like not hogging the sidewalk, or in a conversation where one talks and doesn’t listen. Being within your own space allows you to learn from others. Or it could apply to a role you play where you don’t delegate and feel you have to have control of all aspects  of a project.

I have found, in my whole almost-a-day trying to be aware of my level of “humility”, it also leads to more mindfulness. I’m paying attention to others around me, paying more attention to the flow of a conversation, and noticing the physical space I am occupying at any one moment. I am more “There”, in that moment. Something I did not expect. I do more than just say “okay” when the clerk at the grocery store asks how I am. I notice her in her space and reply more thoughtfully, getting a sense of what “clerk-ness” is for her. The words are humble, insignificant, but there is more of a connection. We are not strangers, although I don’t know her name.

One should go forward on one’s path, being the best one can at whatever it is, but never should one feel superior, never should one  brag.  That is the humble part of humility. Perhaps as the week goes on I’ll find examples of this in others and/or myself.

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