365 Challenge: Day 89 – Humble

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Humble: having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance


In my apartment, there are 2. In my building, surely hundreds. On my block, thousands. In my neighborhood, perhaps one hundred thousand. In my city, a few million. In my state, probably twenty million. In my country, over three hundred million. On my continent, nearly six hundred million. And on my planet, there must be seven billion. People. I am 1 person. There will always be a reason to be humble.

The word humble has two parts to it, at least from my viewpoint. There is how you feel about yourself and how you feel about others. Both are separate and distinct, yet they are very connected in how you interpret this powerful characteristic. Let’s start with a focus on others.

  • People often say they feel humbled by witnessing another’s selfless actions
  • Seeing someone do or share something beautiful without any expectation in return is a humbling experience
  • Understanding the achievements of those with little demonstrates humility at its core

And when it comes to your own humility:

  • Recognition of the value you bring without overselling or highlighting it to others
  • Stepping aside for others when you feel they’re more deserving
  • Content with the simplicity of what life offers without a reliance on always reaching for more

Those are the things that come to mind when I think of my definition of someone who is humble. To me, a humble person doesn’t ever think about whether they have true humility. It’s a natural essence that materializes about them, not unlike an effervescence or glow from something that shines or bubbles. Innate. Inherent. Honest.

A quick trip through the land of InterWebs brings an article I found interesting. You can see it via the link, but I’ve listed just below the seven qualities that the humble exude.


  • Focus their energy on others
  • Conscientious
  • Moral compass guides decision-making
  • See happiness as a journey
  • Excel as leaders
  • Know good things lie ahead and are okay waiting for them
  • Have strong relationships

Rather than dissect each one to determine if I am humble, I’m going on instinct with this one. I am not nearly as humble a person as I should be. I certainly exhibit some of these qualities, a few to a lesser extent that the others; however, a humble (wo)man should not ask how to be more humble. It should just happen as though the inner guidepost deep within your body and mind takes you to the destination.

This is a journey I believe in. When I look around and see all that we’ve achieved, I am humbled to witness the strengths of others before me, beside me and in front of me. I included no GIFs in today’s post, as I want it to speak for itself. I am one (wo)man. I am grateful for those who show us how to be more humble. Thank you.

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.


19 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 89 – Humble

    Roda said:
    June 9, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Love this! ☺️

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 9, 2017 at 9:27 AM

      Thank you. I was reading some blogs this morning and recognized how many people have such amazing things to say… and it hit me how valuable we all are to one another. 🙂

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        Roda said:
        June 9, 2017 at 9:36 AM

        It is such a beautiful world…

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    Nel said:
    June 9, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    This spoke the loudest, “I am humbled to witness the strengths of others before me, beside me and in front of me.”
    Great post James 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 9, 2017 at 9:29 AM

      Thank you. For some reason, this was one of the easiest and quickest posts for me to write. I settled on the word, did a quick search and the message just flowed.

      Liked by 1 person

        Nel said:
        June 9, 2017 at 9:30 AM

        Love it. And we got to see the gif-less side of James which is still a very awesome guy 🙂

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        June 9, 2017 at 9:31 AM


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        Nel said:
        June 9, 2017 at 9:32 AM


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    cwhiteweb said:
    June 9, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    This is amazing. I love how you split the word into two and those two parts are quite important indeed. Great post James!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 9, 2017 at 9:31 AM

      Thank you. I appreciate it. I had a moment where I realized how much the 365 Daily Challenge has truly been helping me on so many levels. It’s about me, but I hope I’m just using that as the pivot point to reflect on all of us. 🙂

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    Jo-Ann said:
    June 9, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    Beautiful written Jay. I enjoy your writing, thoughts and the way you are able to express yourself.

    Liked by 1 person

    Kristin said:
    June 9, 2017 at 11:03 PM

    Great post!

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    Judy said:
    June 10, 2017 at 1:06 PM

    Great insights. Thoughts that popped into my head as I read: Humble is being teachable. The moment you think you are humble, you aren’t. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    Rae Longest said:
    June 21, 2017 at 5:37 AM

    This is a wonderful post–made me think!

    Liked by 1 person

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