Parading Our Talents and Titles: Are we Humble or Boastful?

14 May


Our talent is a display of our: know-how, expertise, skill and capability. It is that knack we are all created with – despite the fact that it can sometimes take forever to be discovered! Unknowingly, we all have it, and it is that “wow factor” that makes us stand out and tall amongst the ordinary. While title is our man-made banner: The power appeaser attached to our original person, it is that poisonous push-on or in-expensive antidote needed to help booster our self-confidence! Well, once we have been labeled with one and uncertain on how to embrace such dignity-we become boastful!

One of my fondest memories from attending an all-girls secondary school was the constant parade and reminder from our house mistress then (an Indian lady). She has this peculiar way of always announcing her entrance into the dormitory. She will stroll in dramatically, all her 20plus shimmering bangles, glittering and hitting hard against each other, a make-shift for a bell; brilliant red sari wrapped around her, tucked nicely and gallantly while the edges; freely flowing alongside carelessly! ”Here I come! Engineer, Doctor, Mrs.…” She will mention all her titles and end it with “senior house mistress, doctor’s wife and mother of two, Oh goodness! No amount of greetings or side attraction could have distracted her morning ritual of reminding us of who she was. Hmm! It was a very comical and rather humorous scene for us students then, and we’ll hold our breath, avoiding open laughter and escaping her slaps! But years later, meeting up with couple of friends from high school – we were able to discuss/understand and feel her pressure in trying to stand out, be heard and be respected. She wasn’t boastful as we all thought she was. She just needed to be heard, honored and respected. And that was the only way she knew.

So, without even knowing it, we can parade ourselves as overly-desiring to be successful! How? Through our search for discovery; an unexpected elevated position in life; we begin to crave a kind of recognition and acceptance: We either parade our titles by bragging about it or showing off our talents by acting out, hereby making ourselves look boastful, arrogant and pompous. Or sometimes – we become over ambitious, imposing our ideas on other people, not willing to learn from others or to be corrected.

Being humble is one of the greatest virtues that God wants us to have. And being humble doesn’t only mean that we are more than willing to accept all His will and commands, but true humbleness can be measured on how we will obey those commands in our everyday interaction with people around us. It is the humbleness of little children that makes them the greatest according to Christ.

Children don’t have pride, they don’t know about it. They don’t care if honor are not given to them unlike us adults. In the eyes and heart of children, we can only see that everything for them is equal. There is no superiority in a child’s mind.

Today, I am hopeful and believing that someone has finally accepted to make a giant move on their aisle by discovering that great talent God has given them – to put aside pride and procrastination and use it wisely for God’s glory. That those who are exalting themselves up high will be humbled. Choosing the higher path means there is a tendency for us to fall and go down, but choosing the lower path means there is no place for us to fall and the only way to go is up – which is in heaven.

May God help us all!

“The person who is greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” – (Mat.23:11-12)


24 responses to “Parading Our Talents and Titles: Are we Humble or Boastful?

  1. Demola Coker

    May 16, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Dear Yinka, this is good. I am proud of you.


  2. Helen Imokhuede

    May 15, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Yinka, very nice write up. I am impressed.


    • Anthonia

      May 18, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks Helen, good to hear from you.


  3. Ibiene Wokoma-Jack

    May 15, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Yinka, I am really impressed with your deep thoughts on some of the way we see things, not knowing the actual implications on others. Sometimes when we have achieved some success, we allow it get to our heads and forget that really, it’s just God using us for others to see. Very good one. Thanks for sharing.


  4. Ibukun G.

    May 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Good one! I LIKE.


  5. Jelle Marionette Jackson

    May 14, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Anthonia, very deep, yet convincing. Is the book out yet? Honestly think you should include this in your New York trips memoir. It’s Like our encounter with the SoHo team? Remember, lol. Pride and prejudice. Go girl!
    Jelle House of Effects – Contemporary Decor. NY.


    • Anthonia

      May 14, 2014 at 11:30 pm

      Thanks Ms. J! yeah SoHo pride and prejudice, how can I forget, such memories of flaunted arrogance especially in the décor world. Still thinking about that memoir, will keep you posted.


  6. Elo Nnolim-Duru

    May 14, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Nne, you’re too much! So you’re here hiding, been searching for you on Facebook, eoooo!! Yinka Gansallo! !! your still looking good as always, your to much, babes! ! Lol. Nice one, you don take over your father – in – law as a writer! Very good writing, can’t wait to share with Charles and Co. Please keep in touch now, we miss you, no be small, loool.
    Chi. UK.


    • Anthonia

      May 14, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      Chinelo, who says??? LOL !! speak small English now!!! LOL. Regards to the family! miss you all too.


  7. oladokun2000

    May 14, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    As always, your commentary rings poignantly true. In my opinion, the world would be a much better place if we all took great pride in our work rather than festooned the hallways and airwaves with our proud accomplishments.

    I cannot wait to read your next post.


    • Anthonia

      May 14, 2014 at 11:36 pm

      Well said Bros, Thank you.


  8. Danielle Patterson

    May 14, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Anthonia, very nice one! I LIKE! ! I love! Am inspired!
    Should we find anything in us that’s larger than life, and bigger than our hearts – then we need to retract our steps and humble ourselves. Anthonia, great write up.
    Much love,


    • Anthonia

      May 14, 2014 at 11:37 pm

      Danielle, absolute truth. Thank you!


  9. anthony

    May 14, 2014 at 7:19 am

    *humility* and not ‘humity’


    • Anthonia

      May 14, 2014 at 11:38 pm



  10. anthony

    May 14, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Passion and pride are intoxicating spirits and must be tempered with truth and humity.


    • Anthonia

      May 14, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      Well said Tony, Thanks.


  11. Bunmi

    May 14, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Very inspiring! I chuckled when I read about your house mistress. She may also have been trying to leave an impression on you ladies especially since gender biases back then concerning female accomplishments was not widely espoused. I must confess that sometimes when I get a little “I’m superior than you” attitude at work, I tell myself I’m going back to medical school….errm not happening. LOL. Great write up!


    • Anthonia

      May 14, 2014 at 11:47 pm

      Bunmi, you’re right, again she was trying to leave an impression on us. So come to think of it – It must have been a common thing with educators in Federal schools then, cos I remember one of our principals too – would stand at the assembly ground and boast about her husband, her title, her achievements – hmmm, so in a way it probably was their way of telling us to look up to them as role model. LOL!
      Medical school again? Dr. Bunmi already now??/ LOL. Thank you my dear. Love to all.


  12. Maxine

    May 14, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Very well said. May The Lord continue to grant you wisdom and surround you with great people. Amen


    • Anthonia

      May 14, 2014 at 11:48 pm

      Amen and thank you Maxine.



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