by Joy Jones
Whenever my ego gets a little too big
for its britches, life always seems to
find a way cut it down to size. Here’s a little
inspiration on the topic of
HUMILITY, taken from my book, Private Lessons: A Book of
Meditations for Teachers.
Life is a long lesson in humility.
I was at the bank handling a routine transaction when I
good-looking, twenty-something looking at me. He wasn’t
merely looking, he was staring, eying me up and down
with great interest.
“Yeah, I still got it,” I thought to myself smugly.
“I still turn heads.”
When I walked out the door, I felt a hand on my
shoulder. “Don’t I know
you?” the young man asked me. It was an old line,
but as cute as he was, I
was willing to let it work on me.
“Well, you do look familiar,” I responded, truthfully.
Was he one of my
“Didn’t you teach at Brookland School?” he asked.
I had worked there
nearly fifteen years ago. When I confirmed that I
had, he spoke in that tone of voice reserved only for
elders, “Don’t you remember me? You taught me in
the fifth grade.”
Today’s lesson: I keep my ego in check.