In society, people often times engulf their lives in too much pride and self interest that people forget to act out of humility. Humility is the act of being modest, reverential, even politely submissive. It is the opposite of aggression, arrogance, pride, and vanity.
Although it is the most vital trait to possess, humility is often overlooked in modern society. The general public is so used to being subject to the arrogant, authoritative, and selfish opinions of celebrities seen in the media that the idea of a “down-to-earth” person sounds almost refreshing. The same applies to everyday life when millions of people on social media websites post every good deed they have ever done online in order to provoke response from peers. Each of these truths reside on one common factor; the natural instinct of humans to desire praise and approval from others. Though some are reluctant to admit it, there is truly no denying that deep down, each person yearns to have his or her work noticed by someone else. This natural need is difficult to tame for many, considering the dissociation of many from flashy celebrities and the public annoyance with social media.
And though it may seem that every person has been taken over by selfishness, there are still few people that are able to successfully control their desire of receiving unnecessary attention. Those people have accomplished the “impossible” in today’s society; they keep their acts of righteousness to themselves because they hold the ability to be content with personal satisfaction. Finding someone who is completely humble is very daunting when everybody is completely focused on those who continuously demand self-attention. If everybody was more preoccupied on how much their acts of kindness are helping others, they would need no false sense of gratitude from their surroundings. Obtaining humility can do more than just lessen public annoyance; it can create the ability to better the morals of human beings in general, which is something that is currently lacking in.
On the surface, it may appear that humility empties its owner from power; however, it offers its owner complete freedom from the desire to impress, be right, or get ahead. While one who lacks humility always sees the need to put themselves on a pedestal, others have the ability to be humble amongst negative influences in society. Frustrations and losses have less impact on a humble ego and a humble person confidently receives opportunity to grow, improve, and reject society‘s labels.
It is said that we come nearest to the great when we are great in humility. Humility always begins in our heart. As a result, it offers significant control over attitude, outlook, and actions. Perhaps all humility has not been lost from people who label themselves as ‘Facebook famous’ or those who plaster themselves as critics only for publicity. Humility has nothing to prove, but everything to offer. A humble life then, results in contentment, patience, forgiveness, and compassion.