What is Hubris anyway?

Every now and again we add a completely new word to our vocabulary.

And so it is for me with the word hubris. I heard it being used in an everyday conversation and feigned complete familiarity. Nodding along sagely. Until the other party was out of sight and I went straight to google.

It read, excessive pride. Not just being happy with oneself or one’s achievements but pride multiplied out of all proportion.

I immediately thought of the proverb which says seven things that God detests – I know a strong word – and the list starts with a proud look. It is not referring to when you smile happily with what you have accomplished. I think God enjoys our satisfaction in those moments.

But hubris extends to a haughtiness, a superiority, a look that tells others that we are better, more able and even extends to being more valuable.

Let’s never allow our confidence and accomplishments to overwhelm a sense of humility and celebration of others. The great leveller in life is recognising that all that we are and the abilities we have are gifts to steward in the service of people.

And that is our great privilege.

About Kelley

Kelley is a speaker, author, overseas aid worker and perpetual student. She is passionate about women and gender issues, both in the local and international context, which underpins her enthusiasm for kinwomen and its contribution to women ‘living their finest life’. In 2014 Kelley completed a Masters in International and Community Development before establishing The Foxglove Project. Foxglove is a registered charity focused on supporting international development projects that are sustainable and driven by indigenous leadership. Kelley’s paid work requires her to travel extensively to evaluate and support projects supported by Australian funds. This experience and networking enables Foxglove to partner with outstanding overseas agencies delivering real opportunities for the poor and vulnerable to lead independent self-determined lives. Kelley combines these passions with a love of family and faith. Across more than 30 years of marriage, Kelley and her husband have worked through many of the challenges of building a relationship while raising three sons. Their boys have now finished high school changing the dynamics of family life and relationships. One of her great joys is sharing parenting lessons and learning from good and bad (sometimes disastrous) experiences. She uses humour and common sense to talk about the everyday challenges facing parents in today’s context.