What makes us humble?

Is a humble spirit born when a higher power presses you down under their thumb?Is it when a stranger goes out of their way to help you or serve you?

These are humbling moments, no doubt. But a humble spirit is a divine and celestial fruit. It’s eternal and is not sporadic. The biggest flaw of the human race is its inability to be consistent. If we were consistent then justice would be black and white. Instead it’s mired and skewed depending on nationality, country borders, or which group lobbies better at any given moment.

If you were consistently pleasant, your effect on those around you would be compounded. If you were consistently positive, then your point of view would always be a blessing; a light in the darkness. But we are not consistent; we are far from it. Your tail destroys what your hands build. This is how we know that we still live without discipline and subject to our emotions.

A humble spirit is born when we recognize that we are in need of someone to justify us. We walk around in almost a self-righteous and self-satisfied fashion. The only issue is that you can not declare yourself righteous or correct. This is because your standards will undoubtedly always be influenced by your agenda. What you believe is good and well is subject to your interpretation of desire and satisfaction. This, in turn, yields your self-righteousness as inadequate in the eyes of the real beholder.  

We need justification. Not by our standards or understanding, but by a greater good that has a higher vision than we do. We are so bound by today, yet afraid of tomorrow. This produces ideas of carpe diem or yolo. But if you carelessly make decisions that will satisfy you today, your ignoring tomorrow. At the same rate, if you fail to make decisions for your future because your not sure of what you want, you sink in the sand; you don’t get anywhere today.

This is where humble begins; in the idea that you don’t have what it takes today and don’t know anything about tomorrow. In the idea that yesterday could have been better if you would have seen the bigger picture and that you need help to fix mistakes.  


I’m Glad You Learned To Paint

I’m so glad that this artist learned to paint.  There is no way that he could have known that someday his art would mean so much to someone.  

It depicts a small creek that starts out surrounded by beautiful flowers and heads into a wooded forest.  It’s depth reels you in; the colors bring warmth to your body.  

Under the circumstances, I needed that warmth.  I need something to draw my attention and remind me; of life, of peace, of solace and of faithfulness.  What is more faithful than nature?  So faithful that it bears it’s fruit to the good and bad alike.  The creek is faithful and obedient to its path; it doesn’t sway or change direction because it wants to.

What it takes to learn is so much more than we care to give most times.  Like the saying goes, “Everything has a price.”  Does learning have a price?  Yes, it does.  How do you pay it?  Why should I pay it?

When you get on a carnival ride your mind answers these questions even before you recognize to ask them.  You pay the price because you want on the ride.  Why? Because it’s a rush and thrill of life.  How much?  As much as it takes!!!!!  No doubt about it.

Learning charges you “interest” and “time”.  When you want to learn to play a melody on a piano you have to be interested enough to buy one and you have to dedicate the time to practice and practice and practice.  This is the equation every time.  So in reference to our artist from above, this is an admiration of his INTEREST and TIME.  Had he not paid the price, it would have been someone else’s painting up on the wall.  Who knows, maybe it would not have had the same presence.  Maybe it would not have had what I needed.

The inspiration to learn something new and challenging is ever alive.  We should be learning something new everyday; something that makes us happy and smile.  Instead, the only things we are adamant in learning is how to make more money and how to live longer.  

Since I take a stab at playing music once in a while, I’ll link a video that shows the benefits of learning to play a musical instrument. 

Learn something today!  If you pay that price, you will reap the benefits.  

Source: Learning