A certain amount of Humility.

A certain amount of humility is helpful in moving on through the stages of life. It gives us a realistic approach to interacting with other people in our lives. Sometimes competing with others or stressing ourselves to prove that we are better, can be a lot of fun and provide enjoyment and rewards.
Friendly competition with friends, when all are participating with goodwill, is entertaining.
There is a downside in trying to win or achieve more just for the sake of feeling superior to another person. The result can be a loss of much needed self-esteem in the long run.

“There is nothing noble in being superior to some other person. True nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Hindu Proverb

Accepting that we made a mistake puts it behind us, and we can then quit pretending or wishing that it hadn’t happened. We should realize that we make mistakes just as others do, and we will make more in the future. So there’s no need to be embarrassed or worried.

“A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is by saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.” – Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

By not acting better or more important than other people we will receive respect and friendship that is so worthwhile. Over-confidence can get us into trouble as we will appear conceited, and prospective friends will be wary. But have respect for yourself and take pride in doing good
things.

“He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.” – Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

A good balance of humility and self-confidence is an ideal way to exist.

Thought for the day…”While there is life there is hope”

bridge_hopeThe well-known maxim, “While there is life there is hope,” has a deeper meaning in reverse: “While there is hope there is life.”
Hope comes first, life follows. Hope gives power to life. Hope rouses life to continue, to expand, to grow, to reach out, to go on.
Hope sees a light where there isn’t any.
Hope lights candles in mi…llions of despairing hearts.
Hope is the miracle medicine of the mind. It inspires the will to live. Hope is the physician’s strongest ally.
Hope is our shield and buckler against defeat.
“Hope,” wrote Alexander Pope, “springs eternal in the human breast.” And as long as it does we will triumph and move forward.
Hope never sounds retreat. Hope keeps the banners flying.
Hope revives ideals, renews dreams, revitalizes visions.
Hope scales the peak, wrestles with the impossible, achieves the highest aim.
“The word which God has written on the brow of every person,” wrote Victor Hugo, “is Hope.” As long as we have hope no situation is hopeless.

Wilferd A. Peterson