We all know no one is perfect. There is no such thing as a human who makes no mistakes. Who is “the greatest” at everything and who can guarantee they have no flaws. Humility is a vital quality to the wellbeing of oneself and one’s surroundings. Sadly, a quality our president, leader of the most powerful country in the world, has not tried, let alone mastered. The ability to admit one’s own wrongdoing with an open mind in an effort to learn and grow moving forward is an understanding that comes with maturity.
Think about the last time you got in a debate where the person on the other end held onto their beliefs even past realization they were wrong. Would you have felt better if they admitted they were wrong and asked how they can do better? Or would you have preferred they stick to their beliefs even after they notice their mistake? I am always impressed by someone who is willing to say, “I was wrong. Thank you for teaching me something new.” What is the point of sticking with beliefs that no longer serve us? Truly all we can ask from any human being is to take responsibility and keep pushing to be better.
Change is hard for anybody but stubbornness has never promoted positive transformation. What is the purpose of being stubborn if it prevents you from learning more? Is it out of fear? Maybe it’s more comfortable to sit in what you think you know.
Open-mindedness can carry a person a long way. Exploring new boundaries, enlightening new awareness. Humility is the door to embracing all that awaits. The willingness to take what’s new and what needs change and bonding with that opportunity. To be able to say, “I didn’t understand before, but I’m excited to learn more now.” What is life if we’re not learning? What is freedom without personal growth? What is authenticity without humility?
I see humility as honorable. Honest, authentic and well-intended. Vulnerable and grounded. We, as a country, are having trouble connecting during this time. Seeing eye to eye and uniting on the same front. Too many people unwilling to sacrifice their own beliefs and having conversations, not with an open mind, but to further push their own theories. I hope we can all agree our country needs work. We need change. But what is change without humility?
I wish for more apologies and more of “I’ll do better.” For more people to learn how to listen, and listen to learn. I believe a world filled with people in tune with their own self growth is far more powerful than one filled with people who think they know it all. So let’s show off our humility. Demonstrate maturity in acts of recognition and put aside our ego to better serve ourselves and others.