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(This is Part 2 of Humility versus Insecurity {short title})

So you want to know, based on the principle of "Humility is TRUTH" if I*m engaging in falsehood just so people will disagree and praise me and say I*m beautiful...

Am I beautiful or not...in my own estimation???

I have a separate post on this but I*ll answer with the part that*s related to the topic of The Difference between Humility and Insecurity (and their relation to Truth).

Here it goes:

A bit of makeup (sometimes a lot) (depending on the occasion). On one night, a sleeveless maroon dress with maroon string accents on two edges of the shoulders of the dress. Gold high heels and a smooth and shiny black clutch bag. I was sporting a bit of a natural tan (*cause I went swimming) so I was brown-skinned that night (light brown). The guys were enthralled at a party. Who was this Cinderella walking in the ballroom??

You know, folks, women like me can be a fixer-upper, the improvements do show...and honestly, I can only go as far as "attractive", not beautiful.

"Attractive"?? Isn*t that the same thing as "Pretty"? Well, it*s like this: The guys are indeed attracted when I doll up. And I dolled up on that night that I described. Therefore, since the guys were attracted to me, seeing me in that maroon dress and smiling, we can TRUTHFULLY say that in those moments I was attractive! But ONLY IN THOSE MOMENTS! What more of truth can you desire than that plain fact?

And the conclusion is???? Well, I*m telling the truth when I say I*m not beautiful, and the world at large says so, but maybe sometimes I*m the improved version of myself when I wear pretty clothes, put a little colour on my lips (pink or light mauve lipstick) and let people know a bit of the joy in my heart by smiling.

So we have digressed too much from our main topic, just so we could see the depiction of truth as opposed to false self-assessment. Clearly, I*m not seeking praise when I accurately estimate that I*m not beautiful. Okay? Okay!

[From the above account, I*ve deleted the story about my green-eyed best friend talking in his sleep way back when! I asked him a question and he answered! So I asked him again...etc...

It was deleted because this post wouldn*t load, and some people were returning to check why it was taking me so long to load Part 2.

I had to remove a portion of the post and still be able to drive home the point. Anyway, the story would embarrass him. He does talk in his sleep; so do I, by the way, and he knows that about me. Truth be told, he*s sooo cute when he talks in his sleep. I actually had a hankie under my chin in case I drooled at his extreme, tempting sexiness. Just kidding!!! I didn*t have a hankie under my chin! But I still drooled at his extreme, tempting sexiness...]

Conclusion on the above St. Teresa quote or lesson: ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH! It will help you become more and more humble!

I*ll try contribute to the above great teaching (Humility is TRUTH) of Saint Teresa of Avila:

Humility presupposes that you generally would not try to shout from the rooftops all of your great qualities just to attract attention. But there*s more. You don*t have that aching need to champion your good qualities endlessly BECAUSE you*re happy and satisfied.

On the other hand, Insecurity has a built-in ache within it, a base of bitter unhappiness and Pride (the sin of pride, not the celebration of the success of your loved ones). It is ever-so-ready to try to remove the happiness and triumphs of others.

There really is a great difference between the two, although BOTH bases of character use self-critical language, as we have said.

I guess the quest to study others starts from the query of whether people are basically happy within despite all the troubles of life.
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