February 22 is "Be Humble Day." I think we could use more of these days. Looking around, there unfortunately appears to be a lack of humbleness in our society. I'm not sure at what point people stopped teaching children how to be humble. It seems what is being taught is that being the best at something is all the matters. The goal is to get to the top and to be recognized for every achievement.
I really like how Dictionary.com defined the word:
1. not proud or arrogant; modest: to be humble although successful.
Being humble does not mean you are not successful. It means that you do not credit that success to yourself. You don't need the recognition.
I like to think of it in another way. If you are doing something, would you still do it even if no one saw you do it, if your name was not listed as a donor, if no one thanked you? If so, I believe that you are doing it in a humble manner. Believe me, I completely understand how challenging this is! It's something I struggle with regularly.
We are called to be servants of others, which requires a humble spirit.
This Lent season, I think instead of giving up chocolate, I'll give up my self-focus.
Have you been truly humble today?