By Carolyn M. Greenleaf
“While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation.” ~Maya Angelou
The incomparable Maya Angelou shared much wisdom and touched many hearts during her life. Through her words, Mayas voice remains a gracious instrument that plucks the strings of truth within our hearts and opens the door into the wisdom of our Soul. It is up to us to humbly accept these teachings from women and men like Maya who create a bridge toward the acceptance and expansion of the wisdom and power held within ourselves.
Humility is the open door by which we enhance our experience of life. To know life through the eyes and experience of another is to realize our unity within the Body, the World and the Universe we all share.
Each person has their own view and point of reference from which they engage life. This makes everyone an expert about what they know through their particular vantage point. Yet no one has all the answers – this is the beauty of life.
A Master can never truly master their craft, because what they wish to master is always mastering them. This is because Creation is in a constant state of expansion – this means everything in existence is continually growing. This growth is fed by all of us, as we are part of the Body of Creation. Therefore, our individual existence is dependent upon the rest of Creation – the Whole.
The power we have yet to obtain is dependent upon the knowledge of others and the openness by which we are willing to learn and expand our current knowing and expertise. Humility allows us to grow by opening our hearts and minds to grasp something beyond the reach of our stubborn and insistent ways. The courage to step outside of what we know creates the path toward the opening doors called our future.
Our lives are intended to be an endless and exciting quest toward our potential and our hidden inheritance. We obtain these gifts by coming together and sharing information – we help one another. When we release our judgments toward the rest of the population and open our minds, growth is possible. We advance together.
Humility helps us recognize we must empty our minds so we may increase our knowledge.
Humility is having the wisdom to recognize there is so much more we could learn, no matter how much we have already accomplished. Even though another person, culture, religion or belief system does not have our personal answers, they can and often do point us in the direction of knowledge.
No matter how accomplished or educated we may be – we will always be students of life. The wisest individuals will listen to their subordinates and appreciate their input. It would behoove us to observe a child’s natural exuberance and curious observations toward life, and then put our own remembrance into practice. We would also be wise to take a humble approach toward our perceived enemies and be open to what they have to say. It doesn’t matter an individual’s background, status, gender or age – all have knowledge and wisdom. To evolve the self is to evolve our way of thinking and our perception toward ourselves, each other and our world.
Humility is a powerful asset to use as we travel along this exciting journey called life. To be humble is to acknowledge there is room to grow, through the partnerships we acknowledge and honor. Each one of us is part of the Family called Creation. When we see beyond the restrains of our mind, we will know the value each person, culture and nation have. However, we must first recognize and honor our own value before we can fully comprehend the treasure of our extended Family.
We are amazing Beings, it’s time we accept this awesome fact about who we really are.
Carolyn M. Greenleaf
Transformational Coach, Teacher, Speaker & Author