“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”

—C.S. Lewis

Think of humility as a spotlight. Not a dimming of your own light, but a simple shift in its direction. True humility is like the sun. The sun does not think less of its own brilliance, it does not doubt its fiery power. But it doesn’t fixate on itself either. It doesn’t hoard its light, blazing in solitary splendor. No, it reaches out, illuminating everything around it.

To be truly humble is to be like the sun. To know your worth, understand your power—but use it to light up others, not just yourself. It’s not about belittling your abilities or doubting your own value. Instead, it’s about spending less time absorbed in your own reflection and more time casting light onto those around you.

Humility isn’t a smaller image in your mirror—it’s simply turning the mirror around. It’s realizing that the world does not orbit around you, but you are an integral part of its magnificent tapestry. To be humble is to understand your role within this vast expanse and to act accordingly.

True humility isn’t a downgrade. It’s an upgrade. An upgrade from a solipsistic universe where you are the sole inhabitant—to a rich, interconnected cosmos where your light is part of a stunning constellation.

It’s not about thinking less of yourself, but about thinking of yourself less and focusing more on the grand spectacle in which we all participate.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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