“Humility” in Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC’s of Faith

Buechner, Frederick

HarperSanFrancisco, 2004

pp. 161-62

“Humility is often confused with saying you’re not much of a bridge player when you know perfectly well you are.  Conscious or otherwise this kind of humility is a form of gamesmanship.  If you really aren’t much of a bridge player, you’re apt to be rather proud of yourself got admitting it so humbly.  This kind of humility is a form of low comedy.  True humility doesn’t consist of thinking ill of yourself but of not thinking of yourself much differently from the way you’re apt to think of anyone else.  It is the capacity for being no more and no less pleased when you play your own hand well than when your opponents do.”