Virtue of the Week: Humility

Mother Teresa’s Humility List Speak as little as possible about yourself. Keep busy with your own affairs and not those of others. Avoid curiosity (though I don’t think that she is referring to learning, here) Do not interfere in the affairs of others. Accept small irritations with good humor. Do not dwell on the faults […]

Virtue of the Week: Humility

For over a thousand years Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeters, musicians and strange animals from conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conquerors rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. […]

Virtue of the Week: Humility

The Bear Skin Ben and Pete went out bear hunting. For four days they saw nothing. Each night they slept in a nearby village, bragging about how they were going to shoot a trophy bear and pledging part of the bear’s skin against the cost of their hotel room and food. On the fifth day […]

Virtue of the Week: Humility

All Glory is Fleeting   The Bear Skin Ben and Pete went out bear hunting. For four days they saw nothing. Each night they slept in a nearby village, bragging about how they were going to shoot a trophy bear and pledging part of the bear’s skin against the cost of their hotel room and […]

Virtue of the Week: Humility

On Having a Humble Opinion of Oneself: EVERY man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without putting that knowledge to work by living virtuously? A humble ignorant man who lives a virtuous life is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study about all manners of worldly knowledge. ( I […]

Power of Virtue in Leadership

By Michael Stallard Even though we’ve lost a great coach and teacher with John Wooden’s death, he left a legacy that that is especially relevant today: his virtuous leadership style. Let me put this in context. Consider two recent data points. In 2009, a research report from the Corporate Executive Board showed that 75 percent […]

FAIN, FEIGN, AND SINCERITY

Here are a couple of outdated words in the English language that I think we should bring back and use more. Fain: to want, to desire, to be compelled to do. and Feign: to pretend or act. Some of my favorite writings are those of Blasé Pascal (1623-1662), a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and […]

On Having a Humble Opinion of Oneself

An interpretation of works by Thomas Kempis EVERY man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without putting that knowledge to work by living virtuously? A humble ignorant man who lives a virtuous life is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study about all manners of worldly knowledge. A man […]

A REAL WORK OUT

We have become fixated on our bodies. More than 45 million Americans now belong to a health club, up from 23 million in 1993. We spend some $19 billion a year on gym memberships. We think about, talk about, and worry about our bodies all the time. Just listen to the conversations, information, media, and […]

Humility by Fritz Knapp

Humility: “Humility is not desiring power, praise or prestige; just understanding that we are vessels for a greater glory.” True greatness is achieved through maximum effort, desirable result (or not), and a response that inspires others towards achieving their goals without drawing undue attention to our own talents. Others will gauge our performance by our […]