Being humble comes naturally to me. I simply can’t help it. Even though I got my degree in Mechanical Engineering with honours, I scarcely ever mention it.
However, do not for a moment think that being humble is easy. In fact, being humble is not for the weakhearted. It requires nerves of steel and a strength of character that only a few mortals, if any, can possess. But, as I said before, humility comes naturally to me.
Even if some person takes into his foolish head, that he can catch me not being humble, he might as well be prepared to keenly observe me 24 x 7 for a few years, and only with luck on his side he might be able to spot one (or maximum two) minor sign of arrogance in me.
So, when a friend of mine was feeling low, where he could go? Of course, he came to me! I, being humble to a fault, did not just let him speak out his mundane frustrations, but also interrupted him repeatedly to let him hear my sage advice.
The conversation went something like this:
My friend: I feel stuck in a rut. Like, life is making me run in circles and to …
The humble me (hiding my smile): If you had a little bit of inclination for mechanical engineering, you would not always go around making a mountain out of a mole hill. See, how much life threw at me, but did I even mention it to you, ever? Anyway, if you could see the small problem that you have, with an engineer’s perspective (though I doubt your ability to do so), you’d easily fathom that life is not making you run in a circle, it is actually making you run in an upward spiral. You just have to shift your limited perspective from Plan view to Section view and you’d see that life is helping you evolve.
My Friend (a little taken aback): Come again?
Me (I, being the humble and compassionate person that I am, could understand that a lack of mechanical engineering education has hampered his intellect): You just have to think like a mechanical engineer with a spiritual perspective…
My Friend (trying to recover from god-knows-what shock): Can’t you just shut up and listen?
Me: I know that spirituality is too dense for you. Please continue…
My Friend: As I was saying, I feel stuck in my current situation and pray to the Divine Consciousness that…
Me (again cutting in to not let him waste my precious time by his silly jibber jabber): You see, that is the whole problem. You refuse to look at life from a mechanical engineer’s perspective. Since you do not have a strong intellect like I do and further you do not have a spiritual gravity, I will try to explain to you in words so simple that even a three years old child would easily understand it (actually I would have liked to say two years old child, but being humble prevented me from saying so).
My Friend (with a look of resignation on his face): Go on, Your Majesty…
Me (ignoring his feeble attempt at sarcasm): Since you could not grasp the elementary ‘upward spiral, sectional view’ analogy, I will try to give an even easier example.
My friend: What? (shocked again, no doubt, by my sheer humility).
Me (continuing my flow of wisdom): To understand life, you must see yourself as a small cog in a giant machinery. Either you must rotate with your own free will or risk getting damaged. God or what you call Divine Consciousness (though these two are entirely different things), can only put in an Engine Grade lubricant, by way of His Grace, to reduce the friction.
My friend (getting really upset now): To hell with you and your lubricant…
Saying that he, left in a huff muttering something under his breath, no doubt, using coarse language.
That is the way of the world, and we, the spiritually evolved mechanical engineers, must somehow live in it. But I have resolved to remain humble as ever and continue giving my brilliant advice to any non-spiritual,
non-mechanical engineer (though that’d mean almost all of humanity), who happens to seek my guidance.