Humility, week 1

During our lessons this week, we will start exploring the meaning of Humility, using our achievement stripe test to illustrate the contributions others make to our accomplishments.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“There’s no telling how far a person can go if he’s willing to let other people take the credit.” — Robert Woodruff (Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, President of Coca-Cola)

Humility:  Keeping our abilities and accomplishments in perspective;  understanding it isn’t all about me.

We can understand humility as the quality of recognizing that our own accomplishments and talents are part of a larger picture.  Humility allows us to recognize our own accomplishments — and to recognize the contributions that others make to those achievements.  As we test for our achievement stripes this week, we will be demonstrating some of the karate skills we’ve worked together to learn.  Earning our stripe is a real personal accomplishment — we’ve come to our lessons and worked to first learn and then strengthen these skills.  Humility is understanding we aren’t doing this all on our own — there are many other people in our lives who contribute to making this happen.

Discussion Questions:

  1.  Have the other students in class helped you to earn your achievement stripe?  How?
  2.   Has your family helped you to earn your achievement stripe?  How?
  3.   Have your instructors helped you to earn your achievement stripe?  How about their instructors?

Please share your answers to these questions, and your thoughts about Humility, with our school community by using the form below.

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