Once again it’s time for us to chop it up… moving into part four of our Learning to Teach While Teaching Series: “Humility”
As most of you know I was raised in a small rural town in
that isn’t much
to speak about. Not much has changed in the way people think or do things since
about the mid – 1950’s so there was always some sort of racial tension or
overtone to most anything that happened. Florida
My grandmother (“Big Nana”), the matriarch of our family was the granddaughter of a slave who taught me those “common sense life lessons” she had learned throughout her years in the south. My grandmother’s wisdom and insight are still a huge part of my beliefs system and how I try to raise my own children today.
She only had a couple of rules that I can remember and both of them where specific to how I behaved. She wasn’t much for grades in school since she only had a second grade education, but she always wanted to see my conduct grade. Looking back on it, I believe that if I had failed every subject and received an “A” in conduct she would have been fine with that because conduct was about your character and who you were becoming as a human being… I understand that now.
The only other thing that Big Nana ever repeated to me over and over when I was being an obnoxious kid was this simple quote: “Humble is the way son…humble is the way.”
Humble is defined as: adj. not proud or arrogant; offered in a spirit of submission.
What a concept… no suffering from “the disease of me.” Being submissive and thankful for who I am and doing my best to lift those around me.
Sport again, would seem to be a logical choice in helping develop this character trait. Coaches, in conjunction with parents, have the responsibility of making sure our young people understand how great being humble can be. In a society that is driven by recognition, celebrity and power modeled behavior is what will make the most difference in the lives of our young people. It’s innate for us to copy what we see… the behaviors that are commonplace in our environment - doesn’t it make sense?
The reoccurring theme here, good folk, is to model the behavior for our young people to see. Arrogance is easy, selfishness is easy – it’s not always about what we want as individuals. Learning to sacrifice for something bigger than you is always difficult. By nature we are all selfish – even as babies we cried to get our way; to be fed, changed, held, for whatever our little hearts desired…at what point do we stop acting like babies in order to lift someone else up instead? That, my friends, is hard…selflessness is hard… discipline is hard…humility is hard…
Have you ever known of anything worth having to come easy?
Speak on it…