Do you have a teachable spirit? Are you capable of being taught? Are you secure enough to admit you don’t know something?
Or, do you think and act like you know it all? Do you always have to be right?
If you sit back and reflect on moments of relational peace and strife, you’ll probably find a common denominator with each situation. Where there was peace, there was humility, openness, and eagerness, i.e. a teachable spirit. When there was strife, there was arrogance, defensiveness, and stubbornness, i.e. a proud spirit.
Everyone wants a meaningful life. Everyone is on a quest to find their life’s purpose. It’s in our DNA. We are programmed with a purpose, which is why we crave it.
But you’ll never find it with a proud spirit. Pride will prevent you from having the harmonious relationships needed along your quest. If you think you can find it alone, you’ll waste a lifetime of effort. You’ll die bitter, resentful and alone.
Conceited people do not like to be corrected. They never ask for advice from those who are wiser. They’re not pleasant to be around.
People who reject discipline, only harm themselves. Those who listen to correction, grow in understanding.
Pride leads to arguments.
Awareness of the need to suppress pride and promote a teachable spirit is the first step to having the proper mind-heart balance in life. Only then can you begin to discover true joy.