Why is it easier to see the splendor and significance of others, but more challenging or uncomfortable to regard and appreciate our own beautiful spirit? Is it because humility is one of the seven heavenly virtues? The virtues are identified as chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, and humility. Practicing them is said to protect one against temptation from the seven deadly sins (though the sins have fluctuated over time, the currently recognized list includes hubristic (excessive) pride, greed, lust, malicious envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth).
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less. It is the courage of the heart necessary to undertake tasks which are hard, dull or unglamorous, and to accept graciously the sacrifices involved. It is giving credit where credit is due; not unfairly glorifying one’s own self. The key phrase is unfairly glorifying one’s own self. To NOT honor ourselves is unjust to our loving spirits. Clearly, we need to find a balance with which we feel most comfortable; however, let us be encouraged to see ourselves with the same eyes we see others. This allows us to be the best possible people we can be for others. Let us fully embrace who we are and honor our beautiful spirits!
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