An evasive and misunderstood virtue. I’ve not learned it. But together, we can ponder it from five wise voices. Don’t figure it out. Just be still and marinate.
1. With Moby – “This Wild Darkness”
Tried so hard to be good
For myself, for you, for the hidden and divine
For everything but I can fail just so many times
Ooh, in this darkness
Please light my way
Light my way
2. With Bill – “Perfect Humility”
Absolute humility would consist of a state of complete freedom from myself, freedom from all the claims that my defects of character now lay so heavily upon me. Perfect humility would be a full willingness, in all times and places, to find and to do the will of God.
When I meditate on such a vision, I need not be dismayed because I shall never attain it, nor need I swell with presumption that one of these days its virtues shall all be mine.
I only need to dwell on the vision itself, letting it grow and ever more fill my heart. This done, I can compare it with my last-taken personal inventory. Then I get a sane and healthy idea of where I stand on the highway to humility. I see that my journey toward God has scarce begun.
As I thus get down to my right size and stature, my self-concern and importance become amusing.
(As Bill Sees It, 106).
3. With Justice – “Woke?”
“The smaller we become, the less our ego has to feed on.”
4. With Arvo Pärt – “Have you thanked God for this failure already?”
5. With Bukowski (feat. Waits) – “Nirvana”