Humble: having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance
It took me a while to wrap my head around the difference between humble & modest (next week’s word). A little sleuthing, and it turns out humble refers to your behavior towards others, and modest is your opinion of yourself.
I’ve been lucky, so far, to only run into runners who are supportive and encouraging, no matter their ability or speed. I’ve heard tales of other runners being told they aren’t running if they run over a 10 minute mile – why even bother?
And for the record, I think I ran under a 10 minute mile once in a race & thought I was going to die. And it was only for that first mile. And I don’t think I’ve ever ran a mile that fast since.
So the runner who tells you you aren’t a runner if you run over a 10 minute mile is not a humble person.
The person who treats everyone they meet with kindness, from a homeless person to a person of means, is humble.
Which begs the question: am I humble?
And I think the answer is sometimes I am & sometimes I’m not. I do my best to treat everyone with kindness: thanking volunteers & the police at races; the checkout girl/guy; in short, I try to treat others the way I’d like to be treated.
There are the also times when I point out the things I do “right” to my husband, insinuating that he is not doing it as well – not so humble. Often it’s not my intent to insinuate anything, but I know more often that not it comes across that way.
Am I humble as a runner? I think so. It’s probably easier to be a humble runner when you’re not a very talented runner.
Thanks, Deb, for posting this topic – it’s nice to stretch my brain a little bit.
What does humble mean to you? Do you think you’re a humble runner? Humble person?