It may be that the most misunderstood color of the rainbow is indigo. A young Isaac Newton bought a couple of prisms and forced a narrow stream of sunlight through them. The result produced a rainbow-like effect on the wall. He realized there was a spectrum of visible light and he named seven of them, placing indigo between blue and violet. It is a deep hue. Later Arthur Schopenhauer explored the subjective nature of colors. In his view, colors are not in the physical properties of light. Colors are in the eye.
Similarly, in the spectrum of human qualities, humility may be the most understood. It is a deep quality. It involves a grounded perception of one's true place in the world. It is neither an over-estimation of one's worth (conceit), nor an under-estimation of it (humiliation). Both are manifestations of false pride. It is not about thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less.
True humility is a noble quality. Spencer W. Kimball said, "Humility is royalty without a crown." It is a part of greatness at its core, as Rabindranath Tagore noted: "We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility."
Humility is the beginning of the grateful soul. It is the foundation of a forgiving heart. It is the bedrock of a profoundly peaceful mind. It is the substance of a joyful life. It is the portal to an abundant existence. It is the pinnacle of flowing, nourishing love.
Begin with humility; it is indigo. Light your Vision. See the change!
When he was seven, our youngest boy Jesse watched as I cut and stacked firewood in back of our house as we prepared for winter. I confess I was a bit out of shape at the time (a condition that grows ever more challenging as the years pass!) and my perceptive young son noticed.
“Is that hard?” he asked.
I was breathing heavily with exertion, sweat trickling down my face in spite of the cool autumn air. Nevertheless, incredibly I heard my ego reply, “Nah. Not really.” I straightened up, stuck out my chest, and tried to look manly.
“Can I help?”
Knowing that one day he would devolve into a teenager who might never ask that question again, I quickly searched for something he could handle, given the capacities of a seven-year-old. An assignment was given to straighten some of the smaller sticks on the stack and to sweep the patio free from the bits of bark and sawdust that dropped there when the logs were moved. The assignment was accepted and performed competently.
Later in the day I overheard a conversation he had with his older sister Maura. “I stacked the wood today. It will be nice to have warm fires this winter.”
“You stacked the wood?” she asked skeptically.
“Yeah, I did,” he replied. Then as a footnote he added, Well, Dad helped…”
People want to serve. In many ways, it comes naturally. A wonderful leader told me, “Helping and serving should be as natural as breathing and growing.” Those who learn to do it best are rewarded with enjoyment, happiness, satisfying relationships, healthy attitudes, purposeful contribution and balanced perspectives, not to mention greater financial returns in business.
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Act. Don’t wait to be acted upon. Light your Vision. See the change!
Jesse L. Dunn is an author and sought after teacher and speaker on the topics of human and corporate development. His motivating, entertaining and content-rich sessions have benefitted thousands. To bring him to your next initiative, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org