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Parenting with a Story by Paul Smith

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EIGHTEEN

Humility

Pride. That’s my favorite.

—The Devil (Al Pacino’s character inthe movie The Devil’s Advocate)

To understand humility, it’s often easiest to start with its opposite: pride. In his book The Seven Deadly Sins, Reverend James Stalker defines pride as “the inordinate assertion of self.”1 In other words, pride is an inflated sense of our own importance or status or accomplishments. When we’re prideful, we hold ourselves in such high esteem it’s difficult to recognize the value and importance of the people around us. “It’s all about me!” we think. Letting go of that self-focus and adopting a more humble attitude can drastically improve the enjoyment in your life and the lives of the people you care about. It’s a lesson I hadn’t ...

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