However, we find ourselves attracted to a humble person e.g. Mother Theresa. We seem to prize humility, maybe because we don’t find it an easy thing to achieve, or we don’t see it in ourselves, but see it more easily in others.
Humility is not humiliation i.e. the putting down of people. It is, however, knowing your influence but holding that power in the service of others.
We all know celebrities, politicians, sports people, athletes etc., who have influence. However, we also have an expectation that these ‘great people’ realise that it is their followers or supporters who have allowed them to be great and we, silently, ask that the famous also make willing sacrifices – i.e. that they are humble.
We don’t like it when ‘great people’ are greedy, when they don’t share things, when they don’t admit to wrong-doing or mistakes. However, we do feel closer to a ‘great person’ who gives to the poor and needy, is seen to give of their riches for the benefit of others, who is prepared to get their hands dirty. For us, that is a visible example of humility and as we watch, we hope that this also is a reflection of their character inside.
Greatness and humility should be one. So, if greatness comes your way, hold humility in one hand and greatness in the other and hold them both in balance.