Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Word Wednesday- Humble

Humble. I like the sound of this word. And I like that it's one of those words whose meaning is a bit mixed. It could be good thing. Or, it could be bad thing. It all depends why, where and when one is considering it. And, especially, who is considering it. Humble is defined (by as:

adj. hum·bler, hum·blest
1. Marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful.
2. Showing deferential or submissive respect: a humble apology.
3. Low in rank, quality, or station; unpretentious or lowly: a humble cottage.

I think being humble is a good thing. I mean, who would actually want to be prideful or arrogant? Don't we all want a little bit of humble? If not all humble?  
If there are people out there who want nothing to do with being humble, it must come from a fear of being "less" or having "less".  Don't you think?

Our current "humble abode".

Anywho... the first thing that comes to my mind when I hear the word "humble" is "humble abode". I think homes say a lot about the person, or people, who live there.  I have always lived in "humble" homes. And I thank my parents for that. I grew up in an 800 square foot home with one bathroom and five family members.  I never, ever thought of us as being "less than" or that we needed "more of" anything. I liked it that I had to share a tiny room with my sister for most of my childhood. I liked it that we only had air conditioning in the kitchen (a window unit) and to stay cool enough to sleep at night, my brother, sister and I had to share one fan by sleeping on the floor in the doorway of  our rooms. I liked it that my mom made a lot of our clothes. (Okay, maybe I didn't like that so much then, but I love it now!) And I like it that these good memories are what makes me value having a humble home of my own. Nothing over the top. Not a lot of extra space. No "fancy" anything. Just what we need.
Our current home is probably one of the largest I've ever lived in. And, believe me, it's not large, by any means! But my goal is to go back to my humble roots. 800 square feet sounds perfect to me now. Maybe even a little much.  I've actually been kind of obsessed with the thought of getting rid of "stuff" and living with a lot less.  So, I'll leave you today with links to these wonderful blogs that celebrate living humbly.  Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. I love "humble" too I want a little tear drop camper someday, don't need no fifth wheel! lol