The world we live in is filled with many that feel nothing is impossible, they are smarter than everyone else, and find it much easier to pull people down rather than build them up. As difficult as that is to admit as a people, it is also sadly true, some of us treat others poorly in order to make ourselves look better and feel good. We couldn’t be more worng. You are probably wondering why I’m writing about this.

If you have ever lost a close family member to any kind of illness or sudden death, you know where I’m headed. My next door neighbor is about to lose her younger sister to Cancer, the Cancer is literally eating her sister alive every living minute. It is terminal, there are no pallitive beds available so she is in general ward. I find myself reliving the loss of my Father 11 years ago, my Dad still felt he was going to out work the Cancer, and that because he was smart he would beat it. I told my Father, this thing called Cancer will humble you like you have never been before, it will strip you of every decency you’ve known. Cancer plays no favorites and reduces you (us) to our lowest possible form.

You may think you’re ten feet tall and bullet proof today, but one day, you will be brought to your knees begging for help, longing for the pain &  embarrassment to be taken from you. I have learned that being smug, treating people like something stuck on your shoe, having status and money is the beginning of the fall to humility. It will happen, if not tomorrow, on your death bed.

I urge you to love more, give more grace and help those you come into contact with, they will be the legacy you are so desperately trying to build and leave behind. Stop chasing the wrong things and invest your time wisely. You can do this by removing self from the equation, serve all those around you, humility will take you farther than any other form of self-sufficent thinking could ever do for you. Be humble, the world will know you made a meaningful impact on those around you. Be an encourager, lift people up, build one another up and above all, love your neighbor as you love yourself. Ask yourself with all honesty, Are You Humble? If not, I promise you, one day you will be.

Many Blessings,


About Owen Greaves

I'm a Futurist, I write, speak, and teach the open & free business model, the future of business. Create. Differentiate. Deliver.  


  1. Ronda Payne on January 20, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Excellent article Owen and very important for people to remember to love fully every day. 🙂

    • Owen Greaves on January 20, 2010 at 11:21 AM

      YES! Thanks Ronda.

  2. Rob Cairns on January 20, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Great post it is so true that diseases will make you humble. I understand that first hand. It does put in perspective what is important in life.

    • Owen Greaves on January 20, 2010 at 10:26 AM

      I know I don’t have to preach to you, thank you for your friendship and your leading in this community.

  3. David Spinks on January 20, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    A very moving message here Owen, and one that I think many could use as a reminder, and to put things in perspective.

    Sometimes we get caught up in our own successes and forget how lucky we’ve been, or how others have helped us get there. I’ve been guilty of such in my lifetime before.

    Our status in society, and other worldly possessions are really meaningless in the grand scheme of things.

    Humility is so often tied to need. When in need, one becomes humble. When needed, one becomes confident. But humility and confidence shouldn’t be based on need, nor should they be mutually exclusive.

    Thanks for the reminder Owen. My thoughts are with you and your neighbor.

    Community Manager,

    • Owen Greaves on January 20, 2010 at 10:27 AM

      Hi David,

      Well Said, life is too damn short. This young lady is only 36 and her husband is also dying of Cancer, they will leave a 2 year old behind with no Mom & Dad.

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  5. Jasmine Guevara on January 20, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    Awesome post! A great reminder for us to stay humble and helpful, before we end up being humbled and helpless.