‘Believe in yourself…’ I like this quote as it balances self-confidence with a reasonable dose of humility and modesty. Humility is about being in touch with reality. It’s also about relationships. People are alienated by excessive pride, arrogance, and pomposity.
And this is how I came to this topic: Have you ever wondered why people often say ‘I feel humbled’ after receiving a form of recognition such as an award? Technically, feeling humbled means to be abased, brought down a notch, or defeated. In reality, if you received a prize, award, or prestigious review wouldn’t you feel honoured, grateful, or even proud? Your humility might make you feel undeserving, but the honour wouldn’t humble you. If you could accept the praise, you might feel honoured, grateful, and even proud.
An interesting article in The Atlantic suggests that when receiving public recognition, people feel the need to assure others that they are not cocky or vain–for good reason–prideful posturing alienates others. However, as someone who takes a special interest in words, I wish people would feel empowered to express gratitude for an honour that others bestow on them, rather than suggesting that it is humbling.
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