For all it is worth, humility is a virtue which anyone who possess it should never trade for anything. It is an armoury of wisdom which houses many priceless virtues. It makes one listen when one would have preferred to talk—most especially from someone of a lesser status; thereby aiding an immense increase in knowledge. It makes one greet the other person first, regardless of his age and background. It makes one accept one’s faults without resentments, and correct one’s mistakes without grudges. It makes one vacate one’s seat on a train for a standing elderly or a very discomforted fellow, without minding what anyone would think or say. It makes one not to contemplate retaliation when someone mistakenly steps on one’s shoe, even without an apology. It makes a lawyer shake hands with a beggar. It makes a millionaire sit at the same table with a pauper. It makes an employer seek the consent (opinions) of his employees. It makes a manager pay a home visit to his car driver. It makes a madam sit to chat with her maidens…
Although it is very true that the priviledges granted by one’s humility may be abused or misinterpreted, but as long as it remains a territory with a borderline, it can always be reformed and redrawn. In the same vein, it should never be an avenue to embrace or encourage mediocrity of any form, neither should it be a ticket to be a part of bandwagons. Rather, it should be a magic tool to foster viable relationships; a transforming power to turn willing or repented foes into friends; a motivating force to strengthen the weak; an amendment tool to resuscitate failing relationships; and a continuous effort to lead by good example.
Even though it is possible to achieve all of the aforementioned by the virtue of humility, nonetheless, no other could have said it better than the world famous boxer, Mohammed Ali: “It is hard to be humble!”
(C) FOLAJIN ADEMOLA (OLUMINOUS)