Modesty is a sense of quiet confidence and self-respect, which allows us to enjoy our accomplishments without inflating our self-importance. We have no need to brag or attract attention. We know we are worthy just as we are. We have a sense of respectful privacy about our bodies. We have reasonable expectations of ourselves. We resist the drive to overdo. Modesty allows us to accept praise with gratitude. We have no need to raise ourselves above others. We share the glory. We are grateful for the gifts we have, and we honor the gifts that others have too.
In Family Life
The virtue of modesty is demonstrated through a humble and respectful approach to personal and familial matters. It involves refraining from excessive self-promotion or boasting and instead fostering an environment where each family member values the contributions and feelings of others equally. Modesty within a family manifests in active listening, empathetic communication, and a willingness to share responsibilities without seeking undue recognition.
It also includes maintaining a sense of privacy and discretion, respecting each member’s boundaries, and avoiding excessive materialism or extravagance, ensuring that the family’s focus remains on shared values, mutual support, and the well-being of its members. Ultimately, modesty in a family nurtures humility, strengthens bonds, and promotes a sense of unity and harmony among its members.
“You have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long, and the great charm of all power is modesty.”
— Louisa May Alcott
The Practice of Modesty
- I am comfortable being who I am.
- I have no need to exaggerate my importance.
- I treat my body with respect.
- I refuse to overdo.
- I share credit for success.
- I am simply grateful for my accomplishments.