The Assurance of Humility

Humility is a word which I had frequent reason to wrestle with as a child. Whenever I achieved a slight degree of confidence in myself, someone or other would always remind me to keep humble. This was very upsetting, especially when my belief was that humility meant abject self-depreciation. How could I ever achieve success, I wondered, if I was never intended to claim any capability for myself or admit to adequacy in any field?

Any clear-thinking person can immediately see what the mistake was in my case—a false concept of humility. It was necessary for me to learn to keep humble, but first I had to learn what true humility is.

Attaining Peace
May 22, 1965

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