Is humiliation the

path to humility?

Or can we be brought,

down a few pegs,

lowered, humbled?

Do life’s tribulations,

ups, downs, failures,

bring us this ever,

important trait?

Can we cut this short?

This learning humility,

is killing me.


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I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on April 20, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 60 Comments.

  1. the learning process humility can be humbling

  2. I love it!!!

  3. It is a necessary lesson of life. If it weren’t for being humble, we’d think ourselves too smart to learn.

  4. That’s one of draw backs there’s no short cuts, I hate it too,no simple easy way, no fifty dollars down and fifty a month,it’s a mad mad mad world
    Disgruntled sheldon

  5. Poignant as ever. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Details will be posted on my blog shortly. Congrats

  6. Yes, I must agree…we can demolish our self-esteem better than anyone else. At the end of the day we’re still our own best friend or worse enemy.

  7. Humility is actually power. It takes courage, strength, resilience, wisdom, amongst other things all workkng at once to be humble. Be blessed on your journey.

  8. I love your style of writing! Thank you for following me, i’m definitely following yours!

  9. Learning humility can cleanse our hearts

  10. The ever going journey of life, one turn humility, another heart break, yet another happiness, until we must make yet another turn. It’s a constant up and down process, which leaves you struggling for air sometimes, but is the end result worth it? I think so, we struggle for air, but learned how to hold our breath longer, and thus learning to appreciate that feeling of air rushing inside us… but that is just my opinion. πŸ™‚

  11. Hi John,

    Humility is a much appreciated trait, whether it comes naturally to oneself or whether it’s developed. But humiliation (even if it’s self humiliation) is demeaning. You can love yourself for being humble but not for being humiliated. So, learn humility by all means, but in the process don’t ever stand for being humiliated.



  12. hey you followed my old blog,

    i’ve switched to his new one. will be doing a column, and a film review every week. will also post fiction and poetry once a month. hopefully you’ll check me out and see my growth as a writer.



  13. Amazing yeah, I think humility is an brilliant trait to have. We’re all going to be humbled sooner or later anyway!

  14. keep going…keep writing.

  15. Admitting a mistake is one of the first steps to humility, and one of the most difficult things for people to understand.
    But when one realizes the lessons that can be learned from humility, and the happiness that can be attained from learning every mistake can be embraced as a step to growth, rather than a negative, and is one of greatest gifts a human can accept.

  16. kinkycoiledmind

    I don’t believe humiliation is the path to humility. The quickest path to humility is understanding that every person on earth has something to offer, that one life is not more or less valuable than the next. Humility is simply respecting the world and the people in it as well as being aware of the part you play in the universe.

  17. And yet in humility we learn acceptance. Beautiful!

  18. I don’t think humiliation should always be the path. If we choose to learn it’s lessons before we get humiliated, we are better off. Either way, it is a tough path, but one worth taking. πŸ™‚

    • I suppose it’s all part of life in the end but humility is a trait that has to be earned though it should never be earned through humiliation. It’s great to meet you!

  19. Great poem, really like it. thanks for posting. i am still learning and earning! πŸ™‚ Michelle

  20. Philosopher poet? I think you are right. Perhaps humans can’t learn respect for others without being cut down to size first.

  21. Shepard of Peace

    I had a dream about this last night. I agree.

  22. “This learning humility,
    is killing me.”

    If it has the equivalent outcome and virtue as “you kill me with kindness”…

    Or as the more heartless and rude would clip off, “No pain, no gain!”

    Or as the more medicinally-minded among us would mutter, “You don’t have to like it, it just needs to work!”

  23. I don’t think that learning humility has to be so painful. It is just the way that some have learned or choose to learn.

  24. I don’t think that learning humility has to be so painful. That is just the way that some have learned or choose to learn humility.

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