“Be teachable and willing to learn from those who have more wisdom and experience than I have.” ~ Japhet School’s Humility definition statement
In Leo Lionni’s children book, , the mouse family gathers food and supplies for the winter but not Frederick. He gathers the colors and feelings of spring. The other mice think Frederick is lazy and not working, but when the dreariness of winter sets in they humbly ask for his help. Frederick’s storytelling lifts their spirits, and he accepts their gratitude with humility.
Humility is what we are expressing when we come to terms with the fact that there are some things we just can’t do without help. Asking for and accepting help when needed is a way to show appreciation for the talent and kindness of others. It builds community, and is where gratitude starts.
© Japhet School 2020