Humility is something that can often be misconstrued for weakness. In the rat race for success in our society today being humble counts for very little. Our world encourages us to boast our success, our position and power for it to reward us. However the fact remains that our rewards are greater when we exhibit humility as opposed to arrogance. Below are some of the ways by which it pays to be humble.
Positive outcome of events
Taking the lower seat in any circumstance means there is only one direction to travel and that is upwards. The saying ‘pride comes before a fall’ cannot be taken for granted here. If we start our lives at the top of the tree then we can only travel downwards. The expectation of everyone around us is greater and if we do not meet this we are persecuted for arrogance. If we take the position of humility then there is always a chance that they would be willing to forgive our shortcomings and we can surprise them by performing beyond expectations.
People are more willing to help those that they belief aren’t a threat in anyway to their progress. A meek approach may show vulnerability but has its benefits in terms of receiving the help that is desired. The helper may be frustrated, even angry but would still willingly help because they feel they have the power to. Humility in this instance means we get the support we desire and in the long run are able to attain our own desires.
Humility offers freedom of mind. In arrogance we are trapped because we have a position to maintain and uphold. In humility this burden is uplifted. There is no position to protect and taking the ‘lowest seat in the house’ requires no effort from us. If we are to be considered the lowest amongst many then we have the freedom to do as we please because nothing is expected of us.
A haven for secrets
A meek spirit is a point of call for those who compete. The arrogant need someone to talk to especially when they have lost in battle to those of similar status. The best point of call for this discussion is someone who they believe is no threat to them. As a result of this the meek spirit can learn so much from those of arrogance and eventually be in the strongest position of power by knowing how everyone else thinks.
Humility is another form of giving to others. It is allowing others to feel powerful before us, which in turn builds their self confidence. Carrying out this act is rewarded in blessings because we are more blessed in giving than in receiving. Being humble before others is also tasking and takes away our self esteem especially when they are arrogant and cannot see the real reason behind our actions. By this same token do we receive blessings for our actions.
The important fact to note here is that humility must be balanced with wisdom and carried out righteously. Not all circumstances in life call for humility and it should not be abused through trickery. If we are humble for all the righteous reasons and make it a part of our existence then these benefits mentioned above would be ours.