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Respect [from the journal]

Respect did not strike me before as something essential in my day to day life, but now I see how crucial it is to a good life. I don't mean to use the term respect in any way that conjures a feeling of unearned obedience. That is not respect. That is fear and domination. Respect can only be received if it is freely given. You cannot take respect. It's one of the few things no one can take. So they do the next best thing. They make you think it's not there, distract you with other concerns. But you alone have power over this thing. You decide when and to whom to give it. Start with yourself. Respect yourself first all. How can you take any of your ideas seriously if you don't? Without respect and love for yourself you cannot fully love one another. Trying to love in this way is a denial of your true intentions and needs. Love is full acceptance, full respect for all.

Respect is like destruction. All destruction is self-destruction. A mindset of respect is total. Respect is self-respect, respect for everything, acceptance of everything. And what is in respect? In respect is the intention for good. In respect is faith in the power of good. This is why showing respect is one of the most powerful acts of love. It honors that desire for good.

We hold great power, and we alone are the ones who can fully enact the depth of our greatest strengths, our strongest sensitivities. It's truly unlimited. The moment you have a chance, take it. Don't let it go to waste. Don't disrespect your power and your urge to do good. Take it up.