I 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