Recently, I came across Mother Teresa’s Humility List. My oh my oh my. Despite being a humongous fan of Mother Teresa’s, this is the first time that I’ve seen this list. Honest to goodness, this was a goosebump-inducing stroke of inspiration that was divinely delivered today. Seriously.
Just this week, we have been teaching Suddenly Seven about the concept of humility. Instilling confidence balanced by humility is, by the way, quite a challenging parenting task. Just sayin’. Anyhoo, Suddenly Seven described humility as “Not bragging.” “Yes, that’s a start,” we said. I think that – as is the case so often – Mother Teresa continues to teach.
I hope that you are as inspired by Mother Teresa’s Humility List as I am!
- Speak as little as possible about yourself.
- Keep busy with your own affairs and not those of others.
- Avoid curiosity (though I don’t think that she is referring to learning, here)
- Do not interfere in the affairs of others.
- Accept small irritations with good humor.
- Do not dwell on the faults of others.
- Accept censures even if unmerited.
- Give in to the will of others.
- Accept insults and injuries.
- Accept contempt, being forgotten and disregarded.
- Be courteous and delicate even when provoked by someone.
- Do not seek to be admired and loved.
- Do not protect yourself behind your own dignity.
- Give in, in discussions, even when you are right.
- Choose always the more difficult task.