We’re in the midst of a presidential primary race which has unleashed unprecedented antics and spectacle but, taken in full, is putting on display an ugly, dark side and dark moment in America. – By practicing, teaching and spreading humility, self respect and respect for others we can be a powerful force for good.
Humility, in part, is about being aware and observant. When I think about humility I think about being thankful, having a grateful heart, having the ability to appreciate and see value in anything that someone has done for you no matter how big or small. A humble person is able to see the bigger picture, the roles of everyone, and the importance of everyone. Self respect and respect for others are also very much a part of being humble.
First and foremost:
• Adults should model humility themselves.
• Help someone learn something new, and remember that children are natural teachers. Part of teaching is sharing. Share ideas as well as knowledge.
• Teach children to be helpful. To notice when someone needs a little help. Teach them to offer their help. This may be something as simple as holding open a door for someone, grabbing a napkin if someone spills something, or helping to carry something if someone has too much in their hands.
• Teach appreciation. Say “thank you” when someone has done something for you.
• Encourage and help children to be the very best they can be—no matter what they do. Humility works best when your child has actually achieved something. Help your children achieve with confidence.
• Expose children to the great teachers and their stories.
• Teach children to value everyone. A truly humble person realizes that everyone needs to be respected. Introduce and expose your children to kids from other countries as well as other neighborhoods in your own city or town.
• Teach children how to apologize when they make a mistake. Apologizing makes you place your pride aside, and it is one of the most humbling things you can do. Even if you are only a little wrong, apologize quickly without expecting anything in return.