You are entitled to nothing. If you remember this, despite the face that it may seem radical in today’s world, it will be much easier to appreciate what you have. As a parent I certainly want my child to have everything he wants, needs or wishes for. As a human I know that it is likely that life will most likely not go just that way.
To live with humility is to live with gratitude. To live with humility is to do service without expectation of reward. To live with humility is to experience the joy of what you can do for others without worrying about what they can do for you. To live with humility is to listen more than you talk. To live with humility is to put the needs of others before your own; to delay gratification. Pleasures delayed are often that much more pleasurable.
To live with humility is to be underestimated. This sounds bad, like something to be avoided but, in reality, it is something to be treasured. When you are arrogant and full of yourself, you rarely end up living up to the expectations of others. The good news is that when you live with humility you often exceed the expectations of others, often surprising them to your advantage.
Remember that you are just a small part of a bigger plan, a bigger world, bigger events. There is freedom in humility; if you are not in charge, not the center of everything, your are free to just be in your life and relinquish control of everything you truly can’t control. You will be surprised to find that, after all, a life of humility will bring you rewards and recognition in ways that you cannot imagine, in ways that are different than what you may have expected or hoped for. To live with humility is to be available in your own life and the lives of others wtihout your ego blocking your eyes, your ears and your heart.