Respect goes both ways.

We all want to be respected. We’d like our value as an individual, as well as our needs and desires, to be acknowledged. Being treated as worthy matters to us. But sometimes we forget that this respect goes both ways.

We can’t expect others to see our worth if we don’t recognize it. If we don’t act as if we care about ourselves, no one else will either.

We also get back the respect we dish out. Unless we treat others of all species and types with honor and caring, we won’t receive the same in kind.

Today’s message reminds me that respect for all life (including me) should underlie my beliefs, thoughts and actions. When I treat all life as precious, my entire life experience is richer and more fulfilling.

Please reflect and share. Are you good at respecting yourself and others?