I am feeling so smart this morning.
I don’t usually do the Easy puzzles of Sudoku because they are, well, too easy.
But lately, I’ve been struggling with completing the Medium and Hard puzzles of Sudoku in a short amount of time. Am I losing my edge? Are my brain cells slipping?
Until this morning! I’m flying through this puzzle. The numbers are coming quickly. I must be at the top of my game.
I glance at the timer at the top of the page. It’s only been 2 minutes? Yet I’ve already filled in so many squares.
But then . . . also at the top of the page, I notice the level of expertise for this puzzle. I thought I was doing a Hard puzzle. Instead, I’m on an Easy one!
No wonder I was doing so well. I’m working in the beginner’s category.
It’s a wake-up call. Back to humility. I’m always a beginner there.
I pull up this quote I’d saved of a Tibetan prayer by the Dalai Lama:
“Whenever I see someone, may I never feel superior.”
Because the word humility comes from the word humus or earth, I also think of this verse in Genesis 3 in the Hebrew scriptures when God tells Adam:
“For you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
Humility reminds me of the fundamental sameness of human to human.
Many of you can work Sudoku puzzles faster than I can. And maybe a few of you might be slower. But in the end, we’re all mostly the same.
There’s no need to be prideful about it, nor need to feel shame.
We’re all human, here doing the best we can, in the life we’ve been given, with the brain that we have.
With that realization, I feel just smart enough, exactly as I am.
And once again I’m reminded: always stay humble.
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