If you’ve been following Messiah Magazine for a while, you know that we’ve been talking about humility—the middah, or “character trait,” on which all other character traits are built.

To recap, humility is rooted in an accurate assessment of ourselves. Humble people can acknowledge the good in others without feeling that they are diminishing themselves. Humble people honor and value the opinions of others without becoming doormats. Humble people are not territorial or possessive about things, people, statuses, or positions. Humble people can take criticism without falling into self-loathing. Humble people are not afraid to apologize, nor do they feel the need to justify their every action.

In short, humble people are too busy making a difference in the world to be preoccupied with what everyone else thinks about them.

But how do we get there?