Virtue of the Week: Humility

People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.Author Unknown
When pride comes, then comes shame, but with the humble is wisdom.Proverbs 11:2
For over a thousand year’s 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.

The Ox and The Frog

A young frog set out on his first adventure. As he came out of the pond he saw a large ox grazing in a field. Having never before seen such a creature, he hopped excitedly to his father, the bullfrog, and said, “I have just seen the biggest frog in the world! “Humph!” said the bullfrog, “Was he as big as me?” and he puffed himself up. “Oh, much bigger than that!” said the little frog. “Was he THIS big,” said the bullfrog, puffing himself up even larger. “Much, much bigger than you!” said the little frog. “Ridiculous!” said the bullfrog, who fancied himself much more important than he was. “He couldn’t be bigger than me! I’m the oldest frog in the pond. I was here first! Was he bigger than THIS?” He puffed and puffed himself up so much…he burst!

True merit is like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes.Edward Frederick Halifax
What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.Abraham Lincoln