Monday, February 22, 2010

Celebrity birthdays for the 22nd..../ Be Humble Day!

Drew Berrymore is 35 today.

Today is also "Be Humble Day".

Steps on How to be Humble:

1. Appreciate your talents. Being humble doesn't mean you can't feel good about yourself.

2. Conduct an honest evaluation of yourself. Honesty with yourself is the best policy. Accept yourself as you are.

3. Understand your limitations. No matter how talented you are, there is almost always somebody who can do something better than you. Recognizing your limitations does not mean abandoning your dreams, and it doesn't mean giving up on learning new things, or improving your existing abilities. It does mean coming to terms with the very real limits of your abilities.

4. Recognize your own faults. We judge others because it's a lot easier than looking at our own faults. As a practical exercise, try to catch yourself in the act of judging another person or group of people, and whenever you do, judge yourself instead and consider how you could improve yourself.

5. Stop comparing. Let go of meaningless, simplistic comparisons, and you'll be able to enjoy doing things without worrying about whether you're better or worse at them than others.

6. Appreciate the talents and qualities of others. Challenge yourself to look at others and appreciate the things they can do and, more generally, to appreciate people for who they are.

7. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Never be afraid to admit that you made a mistake. Part of being humble is understanding that you will make mistakes.

8. Don't be afraid to defer to others' judgment. It's easy to acknowledge that you make mistakes and that you're not always right. Somewhat more difficult however, is the ability to acknowledge that in many cases other people--even people who disagree with you--may be right.

9. Rejuvenate your sense of wonder. Be amazed like a child and you will not only be humbled; you will also be readier to learn.

10. Seek guidance. Contemplate moral texts and proverbs about humility. Pray for it, meditate on it, do whatever it takes to get your attention off yourself.

11. Help others! A big part of being humble is respecting others, and part of respecting others is helping them. Treat other people as equals and help them because it is the right thing to do. It's been said that when you can help others who cannot possibly help you in return, you have learned humility.

12. Practice gentleness. Gentleness of spirit is the sure path to humility. Absorb the venom from other's attacks and react with gentleness and respect.