Thursday, January 8, 2015

Deepen Your Humility, Not your Humiliation

I came across this quote recently:

When you feel inclined to berate yourself for . . . mistakes, try to deepen your humility instead of your humiliation.  [M]istakes are not the end, . . . forgiving ourselves brings peace.  By Wendy Ulrich, Ten Tips for Parents of Young Adults, July 2014 Ensign.

How often I have come down so hard on myself for making mistakes, but the difference between humble and humiliate is so vastly different.  Here are the definitions:

Humiliate:  To cause to feel a loss of pride, dignity, or self-respect
Humble:  Marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit

Berating and humiliating oneself for making mistakes does not help us move forward, we actually move backward because it causes us to think less of ourselves.  Instead it is better to acknowledge our mistake, then move forward in humility and forgiveness for ourselves so that we can do better and still love who we are.

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