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The Humble Sponge

SpongeBob SquarePants
When I think of a sponge I can’t help but picture SpongeBob SquarePants!

Yep, that’s me. A humble sponge. What is a humble sponge you ask? Let’s get literal for a second. Humble by definition (thank you Merriam Webster) means “not proud, not thinking of yourself as better than other people; given or said in a way that shows you do not think you are better than other people; showing that you do not think of yourself as better than other people.”

I try to live a life of humility, valuing others more than myself. That said, being humble does not mean that I think less of myself. It’s about balance. It’s about seeing others just as important as you see yourself – not better, not worse but as equal and valuable. It is having a posture of learning, willingness, openness, and recognizing that no matter how smart you think you are, someone out there is definitely smarter! I find myself extremely humble at this point in my journey. Transitioning from a knowledge base built over 16 years into an arena that I know very little about is very humbling.

We all know what a sponge is (I hope), but for kicks the definition is “a piece of light natural or artificial material that becomes soft when it is wet, is able to take in and hold liquid, and is used for washing and cleaning.” Okay, so the washing and cleaning part is not applicable but definitely the soaking in part applies.

I will confess that over the years I have been resistant to learning from others, and when I say “others” I don’t mean co-workers, managers, friends, family… I mean “experts” (both self -proclaimed and actual experts). I have never been one to research, to learn more about what I do. I have always dived in and figured things out. Maybe it was pride (who are we kidding, it was totally pride) or maybe it was being overwhelmed and my brain could not take in one more thing (okay, that’s true too). The point is, I have turned into a sponge. A big yellow sponge that is eager to soak up all that I can. I am a fish out of water in the writing/speaking world, so I find myself a humble sponge.

As I chronicle the Discovering Me journey, I pray (often) that I remain humble, thankful and an eager sponge. The past couple of weeks I have had some really awesome sponge moments (I need to trademark that phrase). I look forward to sharing my sponge moments over the next few weeks. I take nothing for granted. Every conversation, every email, every comment, every book, every article, every blog, every podcast, every speaking engagement… you name it, I am taking it all in.

Your Humble Sponge

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