“ Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.”
C. S. Lewis
There are those that talk the talk and those that walk the walk, and then there is the gentleman who walks on by without letting you know he was even there. These are the gentleman of effortless ease, the ones who when asked ‘Did you do that act of chivalry?” would point at some other deserving fellow.
The Dictionary definition of Humility is one who has the quality of being Humble. Humble, in our context, is not proud or arrogant but modest, courteous and respectful.
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
Harry S Truman
We think that you can’t fully be a Gentleman without this value in your heart and your actions. It is the core of the Gentlemanly tenet of making others feel at ease. You can’t do that if you are brash, bold, arrogant and always seeking to be elevated above others.
Humility is an interesting value. At its core is the ability to, As mentioned in the Rudyard Kipling poem ‘If’, the core of humility is the ability tot treat both triumph and disaster the same. It is about the ability to be comfortable with oneself and one’s actions without the need to seek out adulation.
Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues.
The gentleman is grateful for his successes and happiness and is aware that it can change in the blink of an eye. If that is in one’s heart, then one can have humility.
Go out there with a humble heart and a gentlemanly deed.
A Gentleman’s Hint:
If someone says or does something that annoys or upsets you, put a wry smile on your face and think that they must be in a worse place than you to behave in that way.