Humility, week 3

We will continue our discussion of Humility together this week, January 19.  During our lessons, we’ll be talking together about how Humility helps us deal positively and constructively with the mistakes we make.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“Humility leads to strength, and not to weakness.  It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.” — John J. McCloy (lawyer, banker, soldier)

As students, not only of the martial arts, but in our academic classes, we often get the message that we should avoid mistakes at all costs.  This is an unfortunate by-product of emphasizing accuracy, proper technique, and excellence.  This can leave us unprepared for how to handle mistakes, and recognize their value.  Mistakes can be an important part of how we learn.  When we have humility, and self-respect, we understand that making mistakes is unavoidable — the only people who never make mistakes are those who never do anything.  We will simply work to correct our mistakes, and try harder next time.  Humility also helps us to be patient with others when they make mistakes.

Discussion Questions:

1)  How do you feel when you make a mistake?

2)  What should you do when you make a mistake?

3)  How should you act when someone else makes a mistake?

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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