Humility

I will be aware of my strengths and weaknesses and recognise what others have to offer.

People with humility are humble and do not exaggerate their own importance. They are always willing to step back and give other people a chance to shine. Humble people are willing to help out with a lowly task when they see someone else needing help.

Humility requires acknowledging that humans have limitations in what we know and can do. Each of us must be aware of what we can do well and when we need to seek help from others with different abilities. Humility involves setting aside personal pride and overcoming our egos to seek help from others. Humble people are grateful for the abilities they have but they also appreciate what others have to offer. In being humble, we recognize our own value in relation to others. We are neither better nor worse than anyone else – just different from others. This means we all benefit by cooperating and combining our strengths.

Activity 1 – Spread Appreciation

Write and give a Thank You letter, or go and thank personally, people you appreciate for the special contribution they make to your life at home, in school or in the community. You could write to a family member who takes care of you, a teacher who helps you learn, a friend who is kind to you, a person who makes a big contribution to your community, or someone who works hard without enough acknowledgment.

Write down some circumstances when it would be good for you to ask more help from others.

In what other ways could you show your appreciation when people help you?

Activity 2 – Being a Gracious Loser

Imagine you worked very hard on a project or took part in a sporting event, but you lost.

What could you say to the winner(s) to congratulate their victory and show that you’re not a sore loser?


True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.

Socrates


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