What happened to it? Humility is such an attractive quality; why has it become so hugely unpopular?
When someone is humble about his or her achievements, it makes you want to praise him or her all the more. Doesn’t it?
When someone is arrogant, it makes you want to tear him or her down.
On Thursday night, when Harrison Ford crashed his plane, the NTSB spokesman wouldn’t say even one nice word about Ford’s flying skills. I am no expert, but the guy literally “threaded the needle” with his plane. When the engine failed after lift-off, Ford flew straight to the safest, open place, the golf course. He landed right in the middle of the fairway, injuring no one, but himself.
It was pretty amazing. So, I was happy to see this quote from Christian Fry of the Santa Monica Airport Association, “I would say that this is an absolutely beautifully executed — what we would call — a forced or emergency landing, by an unbelievably well-trained pilot.”
Ford’s skills as a pilot became well known in 2001, when he piloted a helicopter rescue mission of a Boy Scout. You can imagine the young man’s relief on being rescued and then surprised when the pilot turned around to ask how he was doing!
I am thinking about taking up hiking.
This is what the unbelievably humble Ford had to say about his foray into hero-ing, “It had to do with flying a helicopter. That’s all.”
This level of true expertise at something, with the accompanying humility, is almost unheard of in today’s arrogant, snarky world. It is so refreshing!
It reminded me of this Bible verse:
Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips. Proverbs 27:2
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