The metaphor of the empty bowl.
If my name is Prosperity, and you come before me with your empty bowl and ask, I shall fill your bowl with health, happiness and abundance. If you come before me with your bowl full, and never ask, you get nothing, for you neither asked nor was your bowl capable of receiving my blessing, since your bowl was already full. This is the difference between humility and hubris. The individual full of hubris is so blinded they forget to ask, and their bowl is so full of prejudices it has no room to contain anything else. Just as Socrates offered the wise answer that he knows nothing, so his bowl will always be open to new possibilities, whereas the closed-minded scholar will forever be caught in stagnation because in their hubris their bowl is full blocking out opportunities to grow and explore.
Oliver Twist in the Charles Dickens story presented an empty bowl, asking for more food on behalf of his dying starving friend, upon which a painful process unfolded that would eventually lead Oliver to prosperity after many harsh adventures. The man who denied Oliver his food eventually fell to poverty and ruin, his own metaphorical bowl was full of his own hubristic prejudices. In real life the Oliver Twist story contributed to the fall of a hubristic court judge such was the public impact of the story.
Nature is a many-faced animal, thus we come before nature with an empty bowl to successfully connect and thus act in harmony with nature. I am currently staying with a wonderful host, with an unsociable and unattractive cat, which now meows whenever I come near it. I like to befriend any animal that I am in regular contact with, so I came before this cat with a metaphorical empty bowl, learning the cats likes and dislikes through careful observation and interaction, I successfully befriended this cat.
The Christian religion talks about being like a child, which in the spiritual context means coming before the Christian god with an empty bowl. The Celtic Mythos talks about the metaphorical fool, and I favour the ideal of being like a student. Regardless of the context of child, fool or student, staying open to possibilities, a presented empty bowl, opens doors of opportunity, denied to the blind unquestioning hubristic individual.