I took a little break while I was at work, and my mouse clicks brought me to this quote from Rodney Collin, which I thought I should share with all of you:
“True humility is connected with giving up the luxury of worrying about ourselves. It makes no difference whether it is in the form of vanity about our achievements or doubts that we can do what is required of us. Both are preoccupation about ourselves, and, while preoccupied with oneself, one cannot see what is needed nor be open to receive the help which is pouring down upon us all the time.”
I hadn’t considered doubt as a form of lack of humility before but it makes perfect sense to me.
Thank you for sharing this which “resonates” strongly within me, what the author says on doubt I also relate to faith, faith leads to surrender and openness, to vigilance and to humility in order to receive signs from life and act accordingly. The lack or loss of faith leads to the arising of doubts, to preoccupation which blinds. Said another way:
abandoning doubt about oneself = necessary suffering
ego-based preoccupations = unnecessary suffering.
The reminder on doubt is powerful, as is the last part: “…preoccupied with oneself one cannot see what is needed nor be open to receive the help which is pouring down upon us all the time.”
I don’t know if the word “humility” can be “dissected” in English. In Swedish, “humility” translates to “ödmjukhet”, öde = destiny, mjukhet = softness. A “softness to destiny” is basically about acceptance. To welcome and accept life as it happens and how it presents itself, without anger, complaints, fears, self-pity, etc., and it makes sense to include “worrying in the form of doubts” in this list. Essentially, for me, humility stands for “be willing to welcome necessary suffering”.