Humility today, Greatness tomorrow

by Florence Wayas, Service Learning Coordinator

In Semester 2, we will be focusing on the Service Pillar - Humility. In his book The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren said, about humility, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less”. Humility grounds us and reminds us that acts of service are the good work that is required of all of us, as cohabitors of the earth, rather than works to boast about with arrogance. 

As T. S. Eliot said “Humility is the most difficult of all virtues to achieve; nothing dies harder than the desire to think well of self”, a statement all the more true in today’s society which drives self-centredness through competition.  Humility reminds us that we have room to grow, room to improve, room to give more. Humility builds character and healthy relationships. 

This semester, we will explore how humility is integrated within so many cultures around the world, which we can see in simple things like the bow of a greeting and how we can be more humble in our daily life.