Wednesday Word: Humble

Humility preceeds grace.

Grace preceeds growth.

Growth preceeds change.

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This week my friend Deb from DebRuns chose one of the most thought provolking words I can think of for her Wednesday Word linkup – HUMBLE.

I have been pondering her word all week in preparation for writing this blog post.  It has been a very interesting process and the culmination of a fascinating few months of change for me.

For me humility comes from a place of true surrender.  In my experience, it is very difficult to find that place without hitting a proverbeal “bottom”.  It is only when I have been truly ready to let go of whatever I was holding onto so tightly that I have made space for the humility to appear.

I have found humility in…

  • Becoming a mother and realizing I needed help
  • Losing friendships because I stopped being a good friend
  • Setting very public goals and failing spectacularly
  • Watching my son attempt and fail and attempt again
  • Trying something new, realizing it was not for me, and having to move on

With that humility has come the knowledge, time after time, that I can always stop what I am doing and recalibrate.  That I can go back to a place of grace when I stumble or fall.  The space is always there – on the mat, in the pew, on the trail – I just have to get out of my own way so I can find it.  It is not the act of failing that truely represents failure.  It is the act of not getting back up again.

Namaste my friends…

Author: Erin Runs Happy

Boy Mom • Fundraiser • Runner • 26.2 x 2 • 13.1 x 23

10 thoughts on “Wednesday Word: Humble”

  1. This was a very challenging prompt, and reading your post (and the others on Deb’s link-up) has been extremely rewarding. I love your thoughts about getting out of your own way to find the space to bring yourself back to your center. Thank you!

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  2. What a great post! Yes! It is not the act of failing it is the act of not trying again! Loved this and I so needed to hear it! We are so hard on ourselves. Sometimes we do need to recharge and try it at a different angle. There is more than one way to skin a cat! 🙂

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  3. One of the things I love about Debbie’s link up is that they really make me think each week. This one was probably the most challenging one so far. Like you, I also spent time just thinking it through, to see what thoughts I had on the subject. I love your take on it!

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  4. I love your take on humility so much, and I especially like, “It is only when I have been truly ready to let go of whatever I was holding onto so tightly that I have made space for the humility to appear.” Failing at goals I’ve made public is indeed humbling.

    Thanks for linking up!

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