In today’s egocentric world, bigger, shinier, more expensive and more status is the name of the game.
Rankings of the wealthiest people by Forbes magazine, outlandish large homes of people who act, sing or play sports for a living are displayed as the epitome of success. The Kardashians goings-on are watched by billions of people globally and would you like your child to follow those role models?
Bigger, better, shinier, red carpets treatments are for people who act well, sing well and have high cheekbones and are as thin as a rake in the latest diamond studded gowns by globally adored Designers. These people are what the media and the public fawn over and drool at the mouth about as they expect to be just like these so-called Superstars.
In my free book Being Loved Unconditionally -Finding the Unconditional Love within your Being- found on my website personalempowerment.co, which I wrote in 2010, I drew the comparison between the world’s top performing singer, Madonna’s earning for 2008 of $242 million and the earnings of a well trained and educated Registered Nurse’s salary of $57 000 p.a. and college educated teacher’s salary of $49 000 p.a. I computed and questioned whether Madonna’s value to society in 2008 was worth the equivalent of 4245 Registered Nurses or 4939 Secondary School Teachers in the USA?
Perhaps that question should best be asked of someone rushed to the Emergency Room of a local hospital or to a parent whose child is underperforming at school?
In the early 1600’s, over 400 years ago, a French Jesuit, Nicholas Caussin said, it often happens that those of whom we speak least on earth are best known in heaven.
Have we learnt nothing in over 400 years?
Over 2000 years ago, Jesus said, Of myself, I can do nothing; the Father that dwells in me, He does the work.
Have we learnt nothing in over 2000 years?
We still worship the idols of a false god, this time its fame and fortune. All these famous people have got clay feet and time will be their undoing as gravity wins the race against sagging cheeks, “turkey” necks and bulging waistlines as well as against impaired speed and agility.
There is nothing as sad as an ageing idol who has gone past their “sell by” date still attempting to cling to their illustrious past in the changed present. Fame and fortune are fickle on whom they settle and who they unsettle when its time for them to leave.
Once again we turn to Jesus to put us on the right track. Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.
A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behoves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), an American Essayist, Lecturer and Poet
OK, so how should we behave if we are to learn from these wise teachers?
If you approach life with an attitude of humility and by that, I don’t mean to be downtrodden and beaten by life so that your shoulders slump and your gaze is always on the floor expecting to be swallowed up by the earth at any moment.
A humble person can be judged by how well they treat others who can do nothing for them.
This humble approach towards their fellow human beings, towards all manners of living creatures as well as respect for Nature and the earth, shows underlying respect for every person and thing.
A humble person is aware that an attitude of superiority is an ego failing and that one’s ego is protecting an unhealed and raw emotional wound that cannot be healed by showing superiority over another.
A humble person knows that whatever they have in their possession, or calls their own, has been lent to them in trust by a Higher Power. They must act as a Steward or Custodian in ensuring these possessions benefit humanity and not solely themselves or those nearest and dearest to them.
A humble person is aware that pride comes before a fall and that man ends up as food for worms.
No shroud in which one is buried has pockets to take anything into the Afterlife, and those who are cremated know that as well. Only our deeds accompany us for a reckoning on High.
A humble person knows that whatever they have achieved is because their Higher Power worked with them and through them to ensure their achievements. They are ever grateful for this and understand that any misuse of this Power will see it both withdrawn, and an accounting called for from on High.
The Chinese character for humility is the same as the Chinese character for emptiness. A person full of themselves does not have any space for their Higher Power, and this is where EGO means Edging God Out.
A humble person comes from soul, from love and not from ego or hope or fear.
A humble person is welcomed as a companion and trusted friend into one’s inner circle of trust as they reflect the goodness and Godliness that is inherent in each of us. They make us feel better about ourselves when we are in their presence.
A real humble person knows that we are not superior or inferior to another as, in Oneness, we are the other.
In the marketplace, value is established by demand and supply. The demand to be associated with a humble person is insatiable, and the supply of such humble people are very limited. The value of a humble person is incalculable, and that is their hidden strength.
The humble person by their presence is an influencer of others, and the world is a better place for their presence and their influence.
Are you up to the task to be such an Influencer?
For those interested I have written a free book found on my website (Ego = Failure – becoming more egoless and humble)