What does humility have to do with mindfulness? In a word – acceptance. In this case, acceptance that we’re all human with our foibles and limitations. No one is perfect.
Being humble doesn’t mean being meek or weak. We have all met someone who demonstrates a humble confidence, taking ownership of mistakes and sharing successes. And we’ve all met someone who demonstrates an insecure arrogance, blaming others for mistakes and taking credit for successes. Whom would you prefer to work with? Live with? Be?
Here are a few tips from Donald Altman in one minute mindfulness to help think about humility:
- What mistakes have I made and what lessons in humility do they hold?
- How can I demonstrate to others that we’re all in this together?
- How can I remind myself that humility is a strength?