Sunday, May 9, 2010
True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes. ~Edward Frederick Halifax
Humility is one of the qualities I find most admirable in people. It is a selfless quality. Humility helps us live in peace with others. It teaches us to take a sincere interest in not only our own lives, but also in those around us. Humility produces a soft spirit and is a trait found in many great leaders.
Being humble is not about putting your own self down. It is about taking a greater interest in others, than in yourself. It is being respectfully quiet about your own achievements and modest in actions, speech, and demeanor.
My mom epitomizes humility and it is something I appreciate and admire about her.
We grew up in a home that was hospitable, warm, and cozy. Others gravitated towards Mom's welcoming nature and it was always evident by the amount of people we had staying and visiting with us. Mom takes a keen interest in other people's lives and stories. She has no prejudice towards race, age, or sex, but loves all equally. She is sensitive to people's stories and is eager to hear what they have to say.
Mom is one of the most dynamic and interesting people I know and I'd like to tell you about some of her hidden abilities and qualities. Stories of her past are tucked away and aren't told, until we find trophies in the basement, hidden away. Mom is an expert shot, this is one thing we knew, but didn't know that she had been recognized for it until we found her hidden trophies, this is an example of Mom's humility. She even has shot wild pigs in Africa, something not many know.
She has a sense of adventure, she has skydived many times, rides a sport bike, dirtbikes, and loves traveling.
Mom's ability to run displays her athleticism and not many know about how good she is at running.
My mom's plants thrive and fill her house with a special coziness.
Mom is a critical thinker and tried to push us girls to be as well, she is well read, and has read books not many have dared to open.
She is involved in the community and invests in relationships with other people.
Her generosity is definitely something I am always boggled at. The things she has done for others, behind the scenes, trying to evade people knowing where something came from has been a great life lesson.
I heard my Grandpa speak a few times about how good my mom is at horseback riding. Not many people would know this, she can ride better than most folks around.
Mom can speak two languages.
Mom has accepted, loved, and nurtured her family wholeheartedly.
Her faith is her life jacket in times of trouble.
If my little daughter grows up to admire, love, and have the same want to be around me half as much as I feel these things for my mom...I will be blessed.
Growing up in a home where my mom didn't just teach me about being humble, but lived it day to day, was the greatest teaching I could receive.
I love you, Mom, and Happy Mother's Day!
"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."