Humility Action Plan
We live in a complicated world. In our culture there exists a “winner takes all” mentality.
We are told to be competitive to be successful. If we admit our bias we can separate meaning and
significance in life from personal ambition. Humility is a difficult virtue to obtain;
competitiveness may be the biggest obstacle to obtaining this virtue. I cannot judge myself from
the result of living in this type of environment.
I enjoy having relationships that are honest in all aspects. We do share how we appear to
each other and how we may appear to others because of our actions and comments. Receiving
this honest, accurate feedback is essential in our relationship and why we have become more
loving and able to be loveable. A humility action plan must contain this honesty and to accept the
I have never been guilty of not having a sense of humor that includes laughing at me.
Considering the topic of humility I still must say I enjoy my sense of humor. Others have told me
my sense of humor is one of my enduring aspects of my personality.
I am not afraid to look at other cultures to understand where I am at in this thing called life.
Buddhism, Christianity, Taoist and Islam all have something to share concerning humility. This
sometimes can be a hindrance to understanding humility though the similarities from each of
these cultures appear equal.
A successful humility action plan must include realizing our inadequacies and being happy
for the success of others. A line in a poem I once wrote, “a little bit of nothing is worth all of
something if you share with the nobody the nothing you have,” has meaning in a humility action
plan. I must be willing to understand what I am capable of and share it and not be afraid to ask
help in what I cannot achieve on my own. Even if I can achieve something on my own it still is a
positive action to ask for help.
The reality of a spiritual and transcendental reality will keep me in awe in life. If I may add
to my action plan another line from another poem of mine would be, “my life is nothing more
than the needles eye holding thread to make a stitch in this world.” If life is a quilt I am
nothing but a small part of this life.
Seeking opportunities to serve others makes it easier to forget ourselves. This is a social
responsibility that will contribute to humility in spite of us. We will be allowed to enjoy a lowly
status of an outsider.
The benefits of a humility action plan will include: reducing fear and anxiety, less conflict
and anger, being happier, being optimistic, relationships will become more intimate, new
learning from new experiences and empathy and compassion. This action plan has a conclusion
that winning is not everything.