Meek AND effective – sounds contradictory doesn’t it? Well not so. There are many ways that we can demonstrate being meek without losing the competitive edge. If you think being meek is weak, then I challenge you to be meek for a week! Here are just a few things that you can try, and after doing so, I would love to hear back from you on what reactions you may have noticed from others, given your change in behavior:
- Put others at ease. – Be friendly. Create a vibe where others feel welcome to approach you. Body English speaks volumes!
- Be mild mannered. – Be docile in your behavior. Keep your emotions on an even keel.
- Listen and let others speak. – Restrain yourself from cutting in on conversations because you need to be heard. Give others the floor. You just might learn something valuable.
- Show respect for other’s opinions. – Be accepting of others, even when you disagree with them. Remember, sometimes it’s better to be kind than to be right. Choose your times to be right prudently.
- Seek harmony. – Always look for the win-win solution. Be collaborative. Be humble and give credit where credit is due to others.
- Show deference. – Yield to the judgment, opinion, or will of another when it does not compromise your core beliefs. In other words, keep the peace!
- Endure unjust suffering, united with Christ’s suffering. – Sometimes you need to fall on the sword for the benefit of the team! God knows the real deal, and by being meek and suffering in accord with Jesus, you will be rewarded/vindicated in the end.
There are lots of options here for you to test out. Did you notice how meekness draws on other virtues like friendliness, gentleness, respect, peace, just to name a few? That’s because the virtues are all interconnected. Are you up for the challenge? I hope so! I look forward to hearing from you.
Next, we’ll be discussing the virtue of self-control, tightly linked to the virtue of Temperance. Don’t miss it!