Humility, week 1

We will be discussing Humility together during our lessons in January.  This week, we will be talking about the basic meaning of Humility.  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

Humility — Understanding it isn’t all about me.

The definition of Humility is a modest opinion of one’s own importance.  Humility is an often misunderstood quality.  Some regard humility as a weakness.  Others see it as a lack of self-esteem.  A few understand that humility is the quality of recognizing that our accomplishments and talents are part of a larger picture.  It allows us to be grateful for what we have, and to recognize the contributions others have made to our success.  It is not a character trait that is easy to master, as we all enjoy recognition for our achievements.  Humility does not reject such recognition, but simply places it in a context that helps us avoid being overly proud.  The martial arts has a long tradition of teaching proper humility.

Discussion Questions:

1)  Why is humility a difficult character trait to master?

2)  When you test for your achievement stripes, do other people help you?

3)  What are some ways we can show humility?

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