Humble the Poet is a wordsmith with the ability to prolifically capture life’s struggles through social media posts. The talented author and spoken word artist uses his powers for good with inspirational quotes, messages of positivity, and meditations on self-love reminding his audience that there is more to life than the first-world problems that take a hold over us.

Whether it was his own tweets or quotes or images from others, Humble uses his social platform to inform and inspire. Looking for these nuggets of wisdom? Here is our compilation of the most inspiring 2017 posts from the Poet that transcend time.

 

A few months back, I was having dinner with a friend, who is also a popular actress, and she was telling me about her last therapy session. She told her therapist that she just wants to be as happy as #Rihanna is, cause look at how awesome @badgalriri’s life looks on Instagram. Her therapist replied, “Look at how awesome YOUR life looks on Instagram” and that was the ‘Eureka’ moment for her. We all know we’re faking it for social media, but we forget that we’re not the only ones. This is important, because it’s a reminder that everyone’s going through sh*t and that won’t show on social media. The fact that this will probably get over 10,000 likes is proof that everyone’s in the same boat. It’s one thing to go through a struggle, but it feels even worse when we feel like we’re all alone. When we thumb through our feeds, and begin comparing our struggles with what we see, it compounds that pain even more. It’s important to remember that life doesn’t begin after the struggles, life IS the struggles, and there’s nothing wrong with having challenges to deal with in life, it’s what makes us better. It’s also important to remember how poisonous it is to compare yourself with others, if that means spending less time on social media, then so be it. It’s YOUR responsibility to create an environment and make life choices that let you feel great. All of us have had those experiences, where after a long break from social media, we jump back on, only to feel like crap a few minutes later. You’re not alone in your struggles, nor are you alone in thinking you’re the only one. The grass is only greener on the other side because it’s reflecting our envy, let’s focus on our own lawn instead, get it right, then spread those seeds of happiness to help others improve their situations as well. #LOVE

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Humble started last January 2017 by reminding us that we have more to do than just take from the world, it is just as important to give back to the universe. Don’t forget to do what you love and use your talents to give back.

 

There’s way too much focus on what we get and what happens to us in life, but what about what we put out there? Our happiness isn’t dependent on what we receive in life, it’s dependent on our attitude and what energy we put out. We, as humans, have been able to hack some of mother nature’s programming, so we’re no longer simply, eating, sleeping and sexing machines, we can contribute more. We’ve created civilizations and explored the universe from learning and building off the creations of others, let’s keep that going. Each and every person who took the time to read this caption has something they can contribute, and that process of contributing is the reward in itself. We all find joy in being a part of something larger than ourselves, so spend some time being a brushstrokes in this wonderful work of art known as the universe. You are a wonderful and important part of this creation, as much as anything else, so shine baby. #LOVE

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Humble used art from the Instagram user “Made By Jim Bob” to transfer this message to his fans that failure isn’t the end of the world. Don’t ever stop trying!

 

If you were trying a new recipe out for the first time, and whatever you were cooking ended up tasting horrible, you’d have a couple of options: you can curl up into a ball and consider yourself a failure, or you can try to figure out what went wrong, and try again; the same applies to anything else in life. Failure isn’t the opposite of success, failure is a PART of the process. Whenever we don’t get what we wanted from life, there are still many things we gain. We gain experiences, lessons, and new knowledge, but only if we’re looking for them (and we’re not curled up in a ball). Life is trial and error.. Those errors are not failures if they teach us, and we adjust accordingly, then they’re gifys. This is easier said than done when we’re talking about relationships, because those errors come with a potential 💔, but that’s how the game goes, and there are still lessons to be learned, when we’re ready to learn them. Success is a lousy teacher, so have fun failing. The fear of failure paralyses us, and those worse case scenarios are never as damaging as the regret of never trying. Changing the way we look at failure will change the way we feel about our lives. #LOVE 🎨@madebyjimbob

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Just a friendly reminder to live life with no regrets!

 

 

Humble out here keeping us woke AF.

 

Adapt and adjust.. Props to Prime Minister #JustinTrudeau for not allowing the f*ckboys in the american media to mislead the world into dismissing the terror attacks in #QuebecCity as ‘lone wolf’ bullish*t, simply because the shooter was white. There is a war going on and those who control the information have the most power. Does the world not care about Canada? Is that why they didn’t stop and light up their buildings, and have #PrayForQuebec all over the internetz? Or was it simply because both the terrorist and his victims were the wrong color to fit a “terrorism” narrative that we’re used to hearing. The blame doesn’t go to #Trump for this, when a Gurdwara in Oak Creek Wisconsin was attacked by a white terrorist, #Obama also chose NOT to acknowledge it as terrorism, and he didn’t even bother to visit the site. There’s a reason the U.S wants you to only consider Muslims as terrorist, it’s so you won’t care when they go over to Muslim countries, and steal their sh*t…and it’s working. I’ve even received multiple messages from folks in the Punjabi Sikh Community criticizing me for “defending Muslims too much”. Find your favorite non-Canadian news site and see if they refer to the Quebec mosque attacks as terrorism, if they don’t, then it’s time to find a new site. Don’t let these morons convert you to their team. #LOVE

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You are in control of your life and your happiness, Humble doesn’t want you to forget that. Time for you to take back the power in your life.

 

Make choices in life that you would be proud of.

 

 

Self-love, self-love, self-love.

 

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You’re worth much more than I could ever show ya

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PSA: Social media is a farce, no one’s life is as perfect as it seems online.

 

We spend a lot of time looking at other peoples lives in full colour photos all over our feeds. They say a picture tells 1000 words, but that still not enough for the whole story.  This constant bombardment of consuming other peoples highlight reels will eventually have us comparing and wondering why our ‘Behind The Scenes’ aren’t as glamorous, and we forget that we’re looking at images designed to look great, but doesn’t always mean they feel that great as well. The more people I meet behind those amazing pictures, the more I’m realizing that no matter how awesome and unique of a life we present to the public, we’re all in the same boat. We’re all chasing something, feeling anxious, and running from ghosts of our pasts. It doesn’t matter if I’m on a yacht in Italy with a bunch of billionaires, or sitting in a hospital room staring at my grandmother’s lifeless body, the most memorable moments of our lives aren’t remembered for the way they looked, it was the way they felt. We look at the lives of others, but we have no idea how it really feels, most of the pictures we see are no longer captured moments, they’re created moments for display purposes (waddup awkward girl arm). Don’t beat yourself up comparing the way you feel with the pictures you see of other peoples’ lives, they feel the same as you, no matter how wonderful things look. #LOVE

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We can’t get enough of Humble’s posts about love.

 

Rewrite the rules

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Sign your own permission slip 📝

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Some more powerful questions and thoughts about love and life we tend to avoid answering.

 

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Back in the days 99 wonderful comments on my videos would get overshadowed by 1 negative one, that’s because I was more open to the hate than love. We teach people how to treat us, by showing them how we treat ourselves. Ideally there shouldn’t be anyone on this planet treating us better than we do ourselves, but none of us live in the ideals. We find value in the validations of others, it’s in our coding (we evolved from tribes after all, social currency matters). This becomes a problem when we stick our flag in the opinions of others, and allow them to decide our worth. The age old ‘we ignore those who adore us, and adore those who ignore us’ can close us off to a lot of beauty, while opening us up to a lot of disappointment. Opening ourselves up to love means focusing our own love inwards first. Sometimes it’s simply about accepting love than attracting it. Open yourself up, and see how wonderful things can feel. #LOVE

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Humble tells us a story about making judgments on people by how they look. When you let yourself stay open and curious, you may be pleasantly surprised at what you find.

 

At a chill spot in Hollywood yesterday, was headed there for dinner with some homies. One of our homegirls had just come from working in the studio all day and was wearing shorts and a t-shirt (but still looking fresh to death). She saw the bouncer at the front door and thought out loud that this place isn’t going to let her in on some dress code bullsh*t, and to be honest, it did seem like one of those spots, it got me worried too. When she got up to the front the door, the bouncer took her ID, realized they grew up in the same city and struck up a very happy conversation with her. We were both wrong, and we would have never known unless we tried. Goes to show how often we think of what can go wrong based off our previous experiences and biases. We never know until we try, but so often instead, we talk ourselves out of things, and rationalize that staying put is a better idea. Let’s be more curious, and less judgmental, especially when don’t have all the information. That applies to judging a person by the way they look, or reacting to news about Donald Trump. We’re rarely presented with all the info, and unless we take the next step to discover more, we’re simply creating more noisy, useless, uninformed opinions (which seems to be the native tongue of social media). Life feels boring and suffocating when I’m not learning something new, or unlearning something outdated, and that requires a commitment to WANT to learn, which means we have to have an open mind, and spend more time trying to understanding things, instead of judging them. #LOVE Thank you all for making the H.A.I.R video a phenomenal success (link in my bio). It’s doing fantastic numbers, and that’s all because you all made the time to watch it, share it, and celebrate it. So much more to come 😊🙏

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Again, self-love, self-love, self-love.

 

no further explanation required.

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How can we help others? By listening to their stories.

 

I don’t know what it means to be a black man in America. I don’t know what it means to be a woman anywhere, I don’t know what it means to grow up in a third world country, and I’m not going to pretend I do, when Instead, I could just listen. People don’t understand me as much as I understand them, and neither of us will ever understand each other if we spend more time judging, and less time being curious and asking. Some folks listen to respond, others listen to reply, which one are you when you’re conversing with someone who may look, act, live, or believe differently than you. We can all complain about how little others understand us, but how many of us are willing to admit how little we understand others. It’s one of the reasons comparing ourselves to others is futile, because we don’t know what’s happening behind the scenes in their lives. We don’t have the right to an opinion, we have the right to an INFORMED opinion, and to have an informed opinion, we need to spend more time listening. Jumping to conclusions only hurts us. #LOVE

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Accept your mistakes and learn from them.

 

Don’t be an entitled brat, always work for what you want.

 

If you want to measure maturity, use entitlement as a ruler. The more someone feels entitled to something, the less maturity they’re showing. The more entitlements we have, the more we need to grow up. Nothing is promised, not another dollar, a day, or even a moment. Everything we have is a gift, but we get so used to it, that we don’t appreciate it until it’s gone. I don’t appreciate my health until after a week in bed with strep throat feeling like I’m going to die. I don’t appreciate my body, until I was popping opiates to deal with the back pain (they were prescribed, don’t get worried, I’ve been off the for months now). Even after these occurrences, it’s easy to forget and go back into focusing on what we want over what we already have. Comparing ourselves to others plays a big part in this. When others have what we (think we) want, that can reduce our ability to appreciate what we have. If you don’t want me to compare your life to hungry kids in Africa, then stop comparing your life to photoshop’d models on instagram; comparing is comparing. Instead of feeling we’re entitled to things in life, realize we’re only entitled to WORK towards those things, and it won’t be for an unlimited time. Dismissing others accomplishments as luck is another way to deny ourselves the power to create things for ourselves. Luck is when opportunity meets preparation, you don’t control the opportunities, but you do control your preparation, and the amazing thing is the more prepared you are, the more you’ll be able to see opportunities in front you. @50cent got shot 9 times, and instead of feeling sorry for himself, he flipped the whole narrative and built a $100M career off of it. As he says, we have the power to turn sh*t to sugar, as long as we work. Let’s stop sitting around and waiting for things to happen, and instead realize you have so much power to manifest the life you want; EARN IT. #LOVE

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Here, motivation to push you towards healing.

 

 

What we should be teaching our children:

 

When I was a teacher, we were taught that whenever a kid messed around, be sure to address the behaviour not the student. Letting the kids know that they’re great people, who made a bad choice, did wonders to correct the situation and help them maintain their self esteem; that applies to all of us. We’re all bound to make bone headed mistakes, and that’s OK, and it DOESN’t make us bone heads, it makes us human. We’re all kicking ourselves for mistakes we made in the past, and we feel haunted with the coulda-woulda-shoulda’s of life, but that’s not very useful. Let go of the mistake, and keep the lesson, and realize that people will error, not just us, but those around us. Sometimes great people will make less than great choices, but that doesn’t downgrade them to a less than great person. Our choices define the direction of our lives, and we have the ability to change those choices to change that direction at any time. Let’s stop tattooing our mistakes to our forehead, every moment is a new moment to have the life we want and be the people we want to be. #LOVE Tag someone who needs to read this

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With social media so easily accessible to all, people tend to use it for attention. Humble kindly reminds us to do what we want for ourselves, not for likes or follows or anyone else.

 

If you wanna show your booty on the gram, then do you boo, just make sure it’s because YOU want to, and not because you feel you need to. There’s an attention economy and it’s creating a situation where many people feel they need to go against who​ they are, to get people to notice them; in the long run that will suck us dry of energy, motivation and happiness. Each of us has to decide what’s best for us, and how much the approval of others really matters. Although some people will always care about how many followers and likes you have, others will care about who you really are as a person, and no amount of filters can change that. Social media is an opportunity to be social with people all over the world, and it’s easy to get lost in the popularity contest of it all. Decide what’s important to you and share that with your world. The quality of people who appreciate you for you is much more valuable than the large quantities that are hoping you can live up to anything else. I know too many “popular” people, imprisoned by their own reputations and images, to want to follow in their footsteps. The coolest people we know are the ones most comfortable in their own skin.. So be you.. Whatever that may be, and the right people will always appreciate that. #LOVE Please tag someone who needs to see this 🧐

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Don’t let the haters bring you down.

 

It’s one thing to feel the poison of negative thoughts, it’s another to encounter and spend energy on negative people. Whether it’s in person, or on your comments page, devoting energy towards these types of people isn’t energy well spent. Instead of arguing with people who are throwing shade, I can spend that energy on a million better things (pretty much anything can be considered better things, including watching paint dry). This isn’t easy, but trust me it’s worth it. Your time, energy and attention is limited, so spend it on things and people who are worth it. When it comes to negativity, give yourself 24 hrs and then see if you still have the need to acknowledge it. #LOVE Tag someone who needs to see this

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Immigrant parents struggle to work to give their children a better life in a new world while keeping their culture alive. The differences between our parent’s generation and ours lead to misunderstandings, but it’s important to remember their sacrifices.

 

Our parents can feel like everything from our worst enemies to our heroes, and all that exists in between. They are our first exposure to love, and whether we like it or not, that set a tone for how we seek love outside in the world. We all have that moment when we realized (or will soon realize) that they’re just human beings, without all the answers, struggling to figure out their own sh*t. My parents grew up in villages made out of mud and brick, no electricity, and never granted the luxury of asking their own parents “why?” when they were told to do anything. As much as we struggle feeling misunderstood by their generation, they’re just as misunderstood by ours. There’s pressure that comes with trying to keep our parents happy, some of that is unwarranted on their part, some of it lives in our heads. That’s something we have to address through communication, it won’t be easy, but it can be worth it. For me, I just realized that it makes me happy to make them happy, but I don’t really let them decide how I’m going to go about it. I do want to honoUr their sacrifices, not out of guilt, but out of inspiration, and I want to amplify their hustle, and not just match it. I don’t think anything I can do, earn, or give will match the sacrifices they made for me, but I’m having fun trying, and I encourage you to find the fun in it to. #LOVE Please tag someone who needs to read this, and go hug your parents/guardians while you still can.

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When you hit rock bottom…

 

I’ve never read #HarryPotter, but at my lowest point, it was #JKRowling’s words that changed my life. When talking about her hardships she said, “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”. It sucks getting hurt, and it sucks to lose, so we do so much to avoid it, that we rob ourselves of a much more meaningful life. There is a clear distinction between people who have gone through some sh*t, and people who haven’t YET gone through some sh*t, and it screams in their character, and their ability to handle challenges. I’ll be honest, most of the sh*t I’ve been through in life, didn’t come from risks I took that didn’t work out. The sh*t I experienced often came as a result of trying to play it safe, and losing myself in the process. Everyday I have to give myself multiple reminders not to sweat the small stuff (SPOILER ALERT: It’s all small stuff). Life is a temporary break from the infinity of not existing, so there’s little point spending it in the fetal position avoiding all things that seem scary. Will Smith said “Greatness is on the edge of destruction.. the reason someone is great, is because they survived death”. This isn’t a calling for everyone to become dare devils, but it is a reminder to have an active relationship with fear, and really think about how much it holds us back from living the life we want. In the first world, physical death isn’t something we have to worry about daily, so we stress on the death of our reputation, respect, relationships, purpose, bank accounts and progress, but all of these deaths can be survived. This isn’t something we get to realize once and then we’re good, it’s something we have to remind ourselves, and reinforce. Life can start after a death, I’ve had to kill myself and hit rock bottom before I was able to figure out who I truly was (and I expect to again a few more times on this journey as I go deeper). Figure out where the fear came from, figure out why it’s stopping you, when it should be LEADING you, and take a baby risk right now, and no matter how bad sh*t gets, trust yourself that you can deal with it. #love Tag someone who needs to see this Get my 📖 at Humblethepoet.com/books

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Never let fear take over.

 

Making people scared is a very good way to get people to do what you want them to do. Fear is what helps politicians win elections, it helps companies sell you products, and it helps religions make a boat load of tax-free money. Mix in a generous amount of ignorance with the fear, and you got hate. Hate is also used to divide and conquer us, and it’s everywhere. Once upon a time our fears were valid. Fear was something we needed survival, but now that our basic needs are mostly met, our brain has room for new fears, and you get the list I’ve shared above. What we have to realize is for all these fears, there’s someone or some group who benefits from us being scared, so they’ll keep pumping it into us. Fear has been used to control us for as long as we’ve been around, and I’m not here to scream for a revolution and topple the world as we know it. Instead, I’m asking you to become more aware of the fears you have, and realize that they all don’t have to be validated and trusted. I’m not going to sell you the idea that you can be fearless, no one is, but the bravest among us don’t move with an absence of fear, they move DESPITE it. For me, fear is a compass, and the things that make me nervous the most these days, are usually the things I should be running towards. Often, that relates to asking others for help, because I have fears around vulnerability, but I’m working on it, and I encourage you to identify and work on your fears as well. We may not be able to become fearless, but life will feel better when start to face many of the things we used to be scared of, it’ll help us gain more control over our life, and less a slave to the expectations of others. #LOVE please tag someone who needs to read this. you can get my book at humblethepoet.com/books.

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Just a reminder to not get trapped in your own head and stuck in your own lies.

 

The last time I got “stabbed in the back” by someone, I wasn’t masterfully manipulated by some genius supervillain. I was just excited at the idea of having true Ryde or Die friends, so I ignored the warning signs. When you want something to be true, it becomes true. That’s the same reason people who hate #Trump can’t see any good in him, and people who love him, can’t see any bad; that’s sh*t’s called ‘Confirmation Bias’, and we all do it. On a daily basis we tell ourselves lies to hold on to our wishful thoughts, avoid a reality, or simply get by. I’m not going to bash anyone for doing it, I did it for a long time, and I probably still do it today. I just want you to remember the times those lies bit you in the ass later. We’ve all had to pay the price for lying to ourselves. I get it, It’s hard to be ourselves around others, but at the very least let’s be honest with who we are when we’re alone. Have those honest conversations, dig deep and explore who you are. explore why certain people annoy you, explore why you’re still able to read long captions in a world of memes. I never said figure out, I said explore. These experiences are more important than coming to some solution. Discovering your truth inside is what’s going to help you shine your truth around you, and help you break certain patterns that continue to leave teeth marks on your booty. #LOVE Tag someone who needs to read this.. if you like reading my words, you’ll love my book, check it out at humblethepoet.com/books

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Advice for next year:

 

Don’t rely on motivation, rely on habit. Don’t set goals, set habits that’ll take you in that direction and more. Instead of trying to read 6 books in 2018, just try to read every day, even if only a few pages, that’s still going to add up. Habits become part of us, they’re not a battle, they’re the baby steps that improve our journey. Habits start small and grow at a respectable rate. New Years resolutions are often grand, and fizzle out by February. You already know if you’ll fizzle out, because you can look at last year as a tell tale sign. Think about the habits you have, and think about the habits you want, let me know what they are in the comments, and if you can help someone else with the habits they post about, reply with some tips and tricks. #LOVE - If you like my writing, you’ll love my book http://humblethepoet.com/books, it was recently awarded #Festivus 2017 most stolen Kris Kringle gift.

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For more lessons on life, love and happiness check out Humble’s books “Unlearn: 101 Simple Truths for a Better Life” and “Beneath The Surface: 101 Honest Truths to Take Life Deeper.