The goal could be to become useful, remarkable and worth seeking out. To do something that’s hard to replace, groundbreaking or thrilling. Generous work that makes things better.*
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.**
(Jesus of Nazareth)
Humility is most accurately about knowing ourselves and what it is we can do, including how we can continue to grow and what we are able to imagine and aspire to.
Rainer Maria Rilke writes about not waiting for circumstances to be right but to become people the people who begin whatever these may be:
Not to wait (which has been happening until now) for powerful things and good days to turn you into something but to preempt them and to be it yourself already: this is what you ought to be capable of at some point.^
Some time ago, I was having problems in my work and I felt like giving up, but I made the decision not to blame the circumstances or the people who made these but to take responsibility. Many years later I would read:
The real block is inside the true one. The real problem is the untrue limiting assumption smirking in there […].^^
Nancy Kline’s words point to the untrue assumption that lies behind the true, and helps me to make more sense of how I was right not to assume everything was okay in me, even though my reading of my situation was pretty accurate. This allowed me to start out on a path of necessary personal development and creating the work I love to do, a path I still find myself on twenty two years later.
Your reading of circumstances may be accurate and true, but that won’t help you. Look within and find the untrue assumption about who you are and what you can do that is preventing you from being the only you and bringing your art into the world.
Replace the untruth with the truth.