Ira Williams in his ChangeThis Manifesto, Speak Softly:
Remember, for most of us, humility is equated with weakness. Americans are repelled by weakness of any sort. We crave strength because strength facilitates success and success is believed to be key to our pursuit of happiness.
I submit, however, that it requires tremendous strength and character to place others’ interests before your own.
I believe that by moving our self-orientation to the background, and truly focusing upon enhancing the lives of those around us, we can attain a more balanced perspective of the world while simultaneously finding greater personal fulfillment for ourselves.
Because here’s the secret: In order to be humble, you have to be strong. And you have to be so comfortable with that strength that you don’t have to flaunt it. Moreover, the truly humble know that they have an obligation to reach out and serve those that are weaker than they are.
The best historical example of this juxtaposition of humility and strength is Jesus Christ.
As the Son of God, he clearly had all the power anyone could want. Yet throughout his earthly life, he served others. He ministered to the downtrodden.
He even washed his followers’ feet!
Now, I know I lost some of you there, but I hope you don’t miss the message:
With true power comes an obligation to wield that power with humility and a lack of arrogance.
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