“Life is a long lesson in humility.” ― J.M. Barrie

Humility: The quality of having a modest or low view of one’s importance

Example: Neena Gupta has displayed exemplary and rare levels of humility in her latest Instagram post, dated a few days back. Here is the link to her post.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BXE_mxClpCr/

Today, all of us, celebrity or not, netizen or not, have fuelled ourselves with ego. This ego, gets stamped on, if perceived worthless, but gets watered by yay-sayers and sycophants, if you are celebrity (be it worthy or not, the debate on nepotism continues). Being famous guarantees you attention, yes sure, but that does that last long? Not for all. And in that scenario, our ego starts feeding on our positivity and willingness. It affects our ability to judge clearly and prevents us from feeling our humble feet and ask someone for a favour, or a job, or help. Not that, I am saying, one must always ask for help. There’s nothing as valuable as amour propre but again when the pride transcends beyond into the destruction mode, that ego stops you from saving that sinking ship.

Not all can be great. There will be one J.K. Rowling, one Meryl Streep and one Sachin Tendulkar. All should accept that, doesn’t mean, there can’t be Priyanka Chopra, Sania Mirza or others who are genuinely trying to do well as. But then even that is a farfetched dream for some and that’s okay. You get something in life and somethings, you don’t. Acceptance and humility will let you strive through it and will give you more opportunities. Who knows, a second chance will indeed bring a breakthrough, let-me-sit-at-home-coz-my-ego-has-stuffed-my-brain attitude will certainly not get you anywhere.

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I really appreciate her down to earth attitude when she asked for work in the post. Is she not talented? She is. Good work doesn’t feature in her resume? It does. Why has this situation arisen? I do not know who knows. In the long shot, ineffective PR may be? Just guessing. But whatsoever that may be, people who were her fans certainly have felt a warmth coming back into their chest. She is an admirable lady indeed.

“To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.” – Criss Jami

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