Have you noticed how humility diminishes in some people when they level up in life? I mean many transform themselves when given higher authority, improve their financial status or simply became famous.
The universe will always give everyone a break at least once in their life and for some, they will get big ones. These are gifts and once handed to you, surely don’t waste time and grab them.
This week I will talk about humility and why you can use it as a “grounding tool” to keep you from uncontrollably drifting away in the allure of success.
Breaks could be as simple as a small job opportunity offered to you or as big as a shot at being a movie star or winning the lottery grand prize. Anyway, big or small is relative.
But what makes it a break is that it can dramatically change our life for the better. A new job, a promotion, a higher salary, a thriving business, a sudden inheritance, getting elected, all these are life-changing events and they are somehow our achievements already.
However, there is a metaphor for these successes in life. Success is like wine given to us by the universe and like wine, there is the possibility that we get drunk. Drunk from success sounds familiar, right?
This is what happened to some rock and movie stars who were drawn to drugs and alcohol abuse, politicians who think they own the town, bosses who treat their workers like slaves and pastors who think they are the only ones close to God.
Those are the extremes. You can see examples of people who got drunk with success all around you. Your snooty neighbor, your grumpy boss, your local politician, that lottery winner you will never see again (well, maybe after he used up all his winnings), that guy you see on TV or maybe that person you see in the mirror (I hope not).
Humility is simply staying as much as you can with what you really were before that big change. Then you can gradually adjust to your new environment of success in slow increments while retaining your humble self in the process.
Reason for this is that man is a creature of habit and he always has his/her comfort or safety zone. This zone, no matter whether it is serene or hostile, is his territory. He/she is relaxed here.
Having success means having bigger responsibilities but that does not mean having a bigger ego. Humility keeps the ego in check. Humility will keep you grounded.
Keep in mind that life is like a wheel, sometimes you are up and sometimes you are down. And when you are up, there is no other way but down. And while you are on top take the chance of getting as many allies as you can so when you fall, there will be as many hands to help to catch you.
Remember just as the universe can give you a big break that quick, it can also take it from you just as fast.
“When you are on top you will have many friends. But when you are down, you will know your true friends.”
And even if you have reached the highest of what you could ever be, always practice humility. Keep your feet firmly on the ground, be friendly and nice with everyone and don’t forget your old simple, modest ways.
Have a Simple and Better Life