Humility & Grace

Being humble is easy when you don't feel that you deserve the good things that you get.  The result of hard work should be a sense of satisfaction, and accolades should be readily accepted, but often they are not.  Living with a sense of grace is not an easy feat.  Not sweating the small stuff is easy, but what about not sweating at all?   

I find it quite difficult to get truly excited about anything any more.  Excitement used to come quite easily to me, but now that I feel myself maturing, it seems to take much more to impact me internally.  The positive outcome has been a sense of inner peace, but the implied negative is a corresponding sense of apathy.   Is apathy necessarily negative?