Tending the garden of the heart - Day 79
The broken apple tree branch, which stood straight and upright, broke from the weight of the abundance of the young apples on it. This branch, it appeared, never bowed when it was young like the other branches and therefore never hardened that way. We wonder if it ever bore any fruit before and if it did may not have been enough to cause it to bend. Now that it had passed the flexibility stage and bore fruit in abundance, it was unable to bend and as a result broke.
If humility is not learned at an early stage of growth, when success comes, an individual may not be able to handle it and therefore it becomes destructive to him/her. Expand yourself with the essential quality of humility that you may be ready to embrace success when it manifests itself.
12 Steps to Learning Humility
1) Be teachable
When you are teachable, you position yourself to move quickly to the next level and others are willing to help you get there.
2) Take constructive criticisms and don't be resistant or defensive
Constructive criticisms show you where your weak areas are so you can work on strengthening them.
3) Willingness to learn new ways of doing things
When you are open to learn new ways of doing things, possibilities are endless. Your wealth of knowledge increases, and used with wisdom, simplifies your life.
4) See criticisms as an opportunity to improve yourself even if it may not be done with good intentions. There may be a lesson in there for you to learn. Look for the hidden treasures.
5) Accept support and advice from others that are more experienced
This step may save you years of mistakes, time and in some cases a lot of money.
6) Go ahead and ask for help when you need it
Sometimes our own pride keeps us from doing what we know we should do and that is ask for help when we're stomped. If you're concerned about who you should go to for help, ask the Spirit of Wisdom what you need help with and get ready, either the material you need will show up in a book, an audio, online, and someone may tell you the information without you even asking them or it may come up in a conversation providing the right opportunity for you to ask away.
7) Be willing to work with others
Be team spirit minded. When working with others, even if it is your project or you are the leader, see yourself as part of a team. Be willing to listen to the ideas and input of others. You'll find that your team members are more willing to go the extra mile.
8) Be willing to move with changing of the winds
Learning to recognize when the winds of change has come, whether in your personal life or business, puts you in a position to go with the flow and ride the winds with the Spirit. This change may put you in a better place than where you are and avert unforeseen misfortunes.
9) Be respectful to others
Respecting others regardless of their status in life will open many doors for you in unlikely places. You never know which person you meet will be the one that holds the key to your success or your inner desire.
10) Be kind
Kindness always go a long way. Sow seeds of kindness to everyone you meet. These seeds will germinate and grow. You'll want to be at the receiving end of the kindness harvest.
11) Be patient when working with others
Tolerance is a part of the fruit of the Spirit. We all like it when others are tolerant with us. Return the favour and patience will be developed within you.
12) Don't be arrogant. Treat everyone as important as you are
If you think you are important, which you are, treat everyone else as important. We are all a part of each other. Every part of a tree is important for proper growth. No part is less favourable - all is needed, the leaves, the branches, the roots, the bark, therefore treat everyone as such.
As you mature in your personal development with these qualities, when success comes and your fruit comes in, you'll be flexible enough to handle it gracefully.