Virtue of the Week: Humility

HumilityFor over a thousand years Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeters, musicians and strange animals from conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conquerors rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children robed in white stood with him in the chariot or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting.

-Gen. George C. Patton

Mother Teresa’s Humility List

  1. Speak as little as possible about yourself.
  2. Keep busy with your own affairs and not those of others.
  3. Avoid curiosity (though I don’t think that she is referring to learning, here)
  4. Do not interfere in the affairs of others.
  5. Accept small irritations with good humor.
  6. Do not dwell on the faults of others.
  7. Accept censures even if unmerited.
  8. Give in to the will of others.
  9. Accept insults and injuries.
  10. Accept contempt, being forgotten and disregarded.
  11. Be courteous and delicate even when provoked by someone.
  12. Do not seek to be admired and loved.
  13. Do not protect yourself behind your own dignity.
  14. Give in, in discussions, even when you are right.
  15. Choose always the more difficult task.

Vice President of the Company

A man received a promotion to the position of Vice President of the company he worked for. The promotion went to his head, and for weeks on end he bragged to anyone and everyone that he was now VP. His bragging came to an abrupt halt when his wife, so embarrassed by his behavior, said, “Listen Bob, it’s not that big a deal. These days everyone’s a vice president. Why they even have a vice president of peas down at the supermarket!”

Somewhat deflated, Bob rang the local supermarket to find out if this was true. “Can I speak to the Vice President of peas please?” he asked, to which the reply came: “of fresh or frozen?”

The Bear Skin

Ben and Pete went out bear hunting. For four days they saw nothing. Each night they slept in a nearby village, bragging about how they were going to shoot a trophy bear and pledging part of the bear’s skin against the cost of their hotel room and food. On the fifth day a huge bear appeared, and Ben said nervously to his friend, “I don’t mind confessing that I’m afraid to take a shot at this bear.” Pete laughed, “Just leave it to me.” So Ben scrambled like lightning up the nearest tree, and Pete stood with his gun at the ready. The bear came lumbering on, and Pete began to grow more and more scared. At length he raised his gun to his shoulder, but by now he was trembling so much that, before he could take proper aim, his gun went off and missed the target. Pete, remembering that bears never touch a dead body, threw himself flat and held his breath. The bear came up real close to Pete, sniffed all around him and finally took off. Ben, who had been watching the whole affair from his tree, now came down and, congratulating Pete on his amazing escape asked him, “What did the bear whisper in your year?”, asked Ben; to which Pete sheepishly replied “Don’t sell the bearskin before you catch the bear” Talk is cheap.

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