Humble Pie

Apple PieI don’t know what humble pie looks like, but I am eating it tonight. I learned something from someone that opened my eyes in a new way to the fact that I am my own worst enemy. It’s humbling to realize you spent however long thinking this person or that one is so much smarter, or more talented, or better than you — and then find out that person felt the same way about you! I always thought everyone else had it all together, and I was the only one who didn’t.

I’ve often heard it said that you’re a leader whether you know it or not, because there is always someone who looks up to you. My mom tried to impress upon me that my younger brothers and sister all looked up to me because I was the oldest. Given their behaviour toward me, especially when I was babysitting them, I didn’t believe it for a long time. But kids have a funny way of showing it, and whether I knew it or not, they were watching me.

It’s the same with our children. Mom and Dad tend to forget sometimes that their little ones’ eyes are on them all the time. And it can show up in unpredictable ways. I don’t know how many times I’ve said to my kids, “I’m honoured that you want to emulate me, but did you have to pick my WORST habit to emulate?”

We need a reminder now and then that we are not as bad as we think we are. I am humbled and grateful for that special and timely revelation tonight.

© Willena Flewelling

Comments

  1. oh my how true this is.
    Thank you for the reminder

  2. I honestly believe we have something to learn from every single person who crosses our path in this life. Everyone has something to we touch lives in ways we may never know :).
    Tracy J Thomas recently posted…Birch Bark – The Gifts of a Fallen TreeMy Profile

    • Tracy, I’ll never forget the time my mom told me I had been instrumental in an older friend of hers not ending her life because of a visit I made to her in the hospital. I was in my early 20’s at the time, and she was in her mid-fifties. I didn’t even know I had helped her till some 35 years later.
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  3. Hi Willena, Great post. I feel like that as well at times. Even when we don’t think they are, little ones are watching. We do have to take care with what we do and say, but I’m sure yours have emulated so pretty great qualities.
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  4. Thank you for your blog and the reminder that others are observing what we do and say and taking a lead from it – it is so important x

  5. Everyone should choose its own way and not look at someone and go to their goals, and tell yourself that it is the best, and it will succeed. Then comes success

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