“Learning something means coming into contact with a world of which you know nothing. In order to learn, you must be humble.” Brida – Paulo Coelho
Going back to the first sentence of this quote; A world of which you know nothing, In my understanding, the unknown world would be our very future and if that is so then it should be of importance for us to find humbleness in living.
This quote by Paulo Coehlo has touched me deeply. I, like many, forget this way of being humble and often act as though I know everything and have control over it all but this is so far from the truth. We don’t know what is to come and pretending as though I know it all will eventually be my own downfall and the same for those alike.
This statement by the talented Paulo is something I think we should all practice to master. There is something very beautiful and calming about meeting a humble person. It is a very good quality to have. When one is humble and at peace with not knowing but simply learning as we go, life becomes a lot easier to cope with. If your ego gets in the way, you will not learn your lesson. If you are humble, you will learn much with an open heart and a type of willingness. For, you see, learning is what makes us better people, the ego makes us shallow.
I no longer want to be blind to lessons my heart refuses to see, I now open up my heart to the breath-taking unknown moments to come and promise to take them in with much humbleness and peace in order to learn and take in the present moment with more clarity and less ego.
May the humble beginnings begin.
“These are the few ways we can practice humility:
To speak as little as possible of one’s self.
To mind one’s own business.
Not to want to manage other people’s affairs.
To avoid curiosity.
To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully.
To pass over the mistakes of others.
To accept insults and injuries.
To accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked.
To be kind and gentle even under provocation.
Never to stand on one’s dignity.
To choose always the hardest.”
― Mother Teresa, The Joy in Loving: A Guide to Daily Living