(n)” A modest or low view of one’s own importance; humbleness.

Synonyms: modesty, meekness, diffidence, unassertiveness; lack of pride, lack of vanity; servility, submissiveness.”

Low? Diffident? Unassertive? Is it really possible that the reason humanity seems so completely to have cast aside the beauty of humility is because we’ve come to view it as weak? Is a towering ego and dominating self-image so central to our culture that the power of service can be so totally discounted?

The 39th verse of the Tao Te Ching tells us:

Therefore, nobility is rooted in humility

loftiness is based on lowliness,

This is why noble people refer to themselves

as alone. lacking, and unworthy.*

The truly noble among leaders do not set themselves above the people, rather they serve, as elected leaders are supposed to do.

There is a great, Tao-centered lesson here for us all: Humility is central to all we can accomplish in service to each other and our world. When we can surrender our ego and see ourselves as fully and truly connected to one another and all of creation; when we can know that we really are all one and the same, that we are all spiritual beings on a human journey; when we open our hearts and FEEL the workings of the universe in and around us and our place within this vast organism, we will be incapable of rendering harm to any part of it.

When we finally see God in ourselves, and in everyone else at the same time, then will understanding and love be the order of the day.

Ironically, we have to grow enough to set aside our egos in order to see just how totally awesome we really are.

Don’t tell me God doesn’t know how to laugh.

*There are countless translations of this 2500+ year old text. This one is from “Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life”, by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer.

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