Humility doesn’t require you think less of yourself, rather that you think of yourself less.
Changing the order of one word in a sentence makes all the difference in the world. That close distinction is also found in the fine line between love and hate. I believe what changes a person from one to the other, what makes them cross that invisible line, is their own self image, or lack thereof, and having learned the lesson of respect. Those two things come out of our childhood. They are taught to us by our parents and surrounding family, even when they don’t realize they are teaching it. When our family loves us, we learn to love ourselves. When we see them be respectful even when there is disagreement, we learn respect. Remember, the definition of disagreement is not the same as that of argument.
The good news is teaching love and respect is easy to do. All that needs to be done is to model the behavior you wish to see from your children. It’s that easy and it goes beyond them. Give your children the love and respect you wish your grandchildren to have, because that’s how it will come to them.
Be patient, think before you speak, and give hugs. None of those things cost a dime, but reap huge rewards from the investment. What really matters in life has never cost anything but time. As kids, we may have wanted lots of things, or thought we should have them because other kids had them, but when all is said and done, it was time and attention from our parents that mattered. Despite the wonderful gadgets and toys available, time and attention are the prize, always have been, always will be.
And so it goes…