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Single Sentence Self Exam

Humility. That’s our essential ingredient this month. The act of being humble, modest.  Synonyms: lowliness, meekness, submissiveness. I struggled with the word much longer than I should have not because I don’t believe in the power of practicing humility, but because by the very act of blogging what I know about it…well, that seems to defy the very definition of the word. Right? If one is truly meek and humble one doesn’t propose to know the way to humility. 

Most writers and creatives I know (count me in) struggle with balancing their intrinsic good nature and desire to be quiet and one with humility while creating and speaking up about their hard work, their original ideas. They want to be recognized for their work – it’s all part of the gig. This tug of war between the divine and our needy egos can be exhausting.  

I searched for inspiring quotes to help me out of the funk and guide me with this piece. Of course Gandhi, Mother Teresa and St. Augustine were the first to surface, but I wanted something more contemporary to grab hold to help me find that balance. Can’t say I found much to motivate me from our contemporary artists. The main lines of a rap came to mind, though. OK, so this rap has nothing to do with humility in the sense I’m talking about, but these words always seem to come to me first when I need to find that balance between humility and ego. 

“You betta check yo self before you wreck yo self.” Ice Cube

How do you keep yourself in check? Lay it on us in one line.

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