I remember I had this one friend who came to me really upset at himself for being too humble, as he had put it. I asked him what does he mean by saying he was being “too humble”? He told me that he is upset because he felt he was too modest when speaking of his accomplishments with his fellow colleagues. He said even if he had done a better job at a project or if he’s the one who came up with an idea, he would just let other people gloat and brag about their work and he would just only congratulate them and leave it at that. And so I asked him why doesn’t he do the same thing and brag and out his own work? He said it just doesn’t feel morally right for him to brag and he doesn’t like making people feel small , so he prefers to refrain from bragging in order for other individuals to feel good and confident about themselves.
As he was busy talking, this quote by Marianne Williamson suddenly came in to mind:
It made me realise that there are people out there who are frightened by their own success. Frightened that they are powerful beyond measure.
As my friend had put it, I guess his logic of why he was being too modest whilst others were loud and proud about their achievements, is that he didn’t want to break those individuals’ confidence or sense of achievement.
He thought he was doing the right and respectable thing but in essence he was just putting himself down and not allowing his light to shine.
I believe when you let your light shine, you’re unconsciously letting others shine as well because they’ll be inspired and motivated. Playing small doesn’t serve the world. We are all meant to be great. ”
“There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us”