In a traditional saying from Costa Rica, wisdom is said to be a combination of humility and a sense of wonder. It is easy enough to understand the concept of a sense of wonder when you consider a child contemplating the beauty found in nature. Understanding what humility is can be a challenge.
In this current age of consumerism and the rise of affluence, discussions about simple virtues have a magnetic appeal. It is not uncommon to see football stadiums filled with politicians, famous media personalities and everyday citizens hanging on every word and story that a leader of a spiritual/esoteric community is sharing about concepts such as compassion, humility and peace.
Humility is not necessarily found in the person who insists that he is not worthy of your praise or gratitude. Neither is it found in the person who is revered for being humble.
The purest form of humility is often found in quiet corners and unexpected places.
Written By: Jane Taylor (1783-1824)
Down in a green and shady bed,
A modest violet grew;
Its stalk was bent, it hung its head
As if to hide from view.
And yet it was a lovely flow’r,
Its colors bright and fair,
It might have graced a rosy bow’r
Instead of hiding there.
Yet there it was content to bloom,
In modest tints arrayed;
And there it spread its sweet perfume
Within the silent shade,
Then let me to the valley go,
This pretty flow’r to see,
That I may also learn to grow
In sweet humility.