Thursday, June 4, 2015

Humility

"People who aren't completely genuine, who aren't really showing up, who have a lot of defenses and circular thinking in play in order to protect themselves can't really stand the company of the humbled. There's too much dead air, too much space to be weak. They're repelled. People who are comfortable with themselves, though, thrive in that space." -Ask Polly, "Can I Trust My Judgment About Men?" 2015.
 
I've always looked down on mistakes, and the people who make them. It's easy to do when you're separated from them, living on your own little perch high above the world, judging those who make choices that are different than your own. All that comes to a screeching halt when something knocks you down and makes you face your own mortality right in the face.
 
I am human, and I screw up. A lot, sometimes.
 
Just when I think I've figured it all out, when I'm convinced that I know all the answers and I know the direction my life is headed, the universe explodes in my face. It's strangely invigorating, though. To have the rug pulled out from underneath you, when you least expect it. As much as it hurts, you can finally FEEL something. You're no longer numb with certainty.
 
Being able to laugh at yourself and your own circumstances is so incredibly important. I think we get too wrapped up in success and outward appearances that we don't realize that we are given these things by pure luck, not by our own design. We are not the ones in control, the universe is. Situations that knock you down remind you that everyone is susceptible to losing everything in the blink of an eye.
 
Those that don't understand this, are the people who will spend their lives basking in the false light they think they've created. And when one strong wind blows their way, they'll question it all. I'd much rather be knocked down every once and again to be reminded of how lucky and blessed I truly am, than to live my life thinking I'm invincible until something happens to prove me wrong.
 
Let's be grateful (and graceful) about our circumstances, for they may be only temporary. Seeing the truth in that, in my mind, makes us more bulletproof than ever.

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