Richard Challoner School

How I’m Learning From the Holy and Humble

"Humility is a concept that is difficult to define. We often think of it as an antithesis to confidence. But this is simply untrue. Many of our favorite leaders in history or in our own lives are treasured because of their humility. I think of St Teresa of Calcutta and her work with the poorest of the poor in India. Or an old boss who always said it was the interns who did most of the difficult work on a project, not him. There is an openness in humility. A flexibility to learn something new. A teachable spirit. Humility allows us to listen. And ultimately, humility is connected to God’s sovereignty.

I am not a humble person. I aspire to be. But I’m quick to react. I often feel the need to “prove a point” or defend myself. My husband is a humble person. He is slow to react, if he reacts at all. He stops. He assesses a situation. He listens."

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