Thoughts on Humility

Do you wish to rise?  Begin by descending.  You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds?  Lay first the foundation of humility.  (Saint Augustine)

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.  (Rick Warren)

Humility is the sold foundation of all virtues.  (Confucius)

Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.  (Thomas Merton)

High Class Redneck

I consider myself to be a modern-day high-class redneck.

  1. My ancestors were coal miners and moonshiners.
  2. I’m pretty honkey looking .
  3. I have a lot of tattoos.
  4. I listen to country music. 
  5. I love hanging out in the woods.
  6. I drive a Jeep.
  7. I live in a small rural community in Alabama. 
  8. I have five dogs.
  9. I’m not scared of snakes, rodents, or tornados.
  10. I have a “farmers tan,” which means my arms and neck are tan, but the rest of me is pasty white.
  11. I was born in Texas.
  12. I come home from work covered in sweat, dirt, and mud.
  13. I basically wear jeans and t-shirts all the time.
  14. The only shoes I own are boots and sneakers.

In spite of all those things, I also have a Ph.D., and I have traveled all over the world.  That’s why I call myself a modern day high-class redneck.