Humility is Not a Sign of Weakness; It is a Sign of True Strength

May 11, 2021 pwm1

For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

—Luke 14:11 (Image licensed by Penn Wealth Pub.) 

I will never understand arrogance. What purpose does it serve to be filled with vanity, appearing to be better than everyone else in the room? It doesn’t sound remotely enjoyable. 

I worked alongside an old-school broker at a major investment firm a few decades back. Rarely (no exaggeration) would he not send a meal back while at a restaurant. I had another broker tell me that the blowhard’s goal was to bring the server to tears. He made it clear how important his time was, while rarely showing a modicum of patience to those around him.  

Arrogance is a non-transmittable sickness. It may make others nearby feel bad, but it does not infect them with the disease. Those who are inflicted will rarely admit to their condition; they are traveling full speed towards an iron wall of humility, yet they remain so inner-focused that they will never see it coming—until it is too late.  

Meanwhile, the humble, hard-working souls who this gentleman so easily discounted go about their business, quietly forging a life which will, one day, be exalted. 

—Mike Hazell

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