True self-respect, being very different from false pride, leads inevitably to respecting others. — Virginia Moore.
Virginia Moore’s words about self-respect can be applied to several other qualities.
Forgiving oneself leads to forgiveness of others. Being at peace, brings peace to the world. Becoming comfortable with one’s own skin, make one more accepting of other’s personalities. The list goes on and on.
One’s self-respect becomes under attack at a very young age. Bullies, demanding parents, and nasty coaches seize on early mistakes and try to mold our self-image to what they see we should be. The attack continues throughout school, at work, and in our relationships with friends and family. That is why it is so important to work on one’s self-respect.
Through meditation, prayer, and good old fashion hard work we must spend the necessary time to remain true to ourselves and who we are meant to be.
We do this not just for us, but for the “others” Virginia Moore is talking about. Take a little time this weekend working on your own self-respect. You deserve it, and so does the rest of the world.