A quote to remember:
”To feel sorry for someone is to not respect them.
Through compassion, give them a hand, help them stand up and let them know they can do it.” – don Miguel Ruiz
Yesterday I had the greatest opportunity to understand what respect means to me.
I was going into the Doctor’s Office yesterday afternoon and as I reached to open the heavy outside door there was a very old man standing inside of the outer door. He was very bent over, had extremely knarled and arthritic looking hands, and he was dragging his feet as he approached the door to exit. I instantly began to smile at the man, and he in turn gave me the greatest smile I have observed in a very long time. I opened the door, stepped back and held the door open for him, not out of pity, but out of genuine respect for this wonderful individual who was showing his independence to all in spite of his physical challenges.
As he passed me, his knarled hand reached out and touch me on the arm and very quietly he said “Thank you so much”, smiled and continued on his way!
In that moment it sure was easy to have a whole lot of respect for this wonderful man because of the respect that he had for himself that radiated from him to me.
How often do you notice the way that people respect themselves?
Peace, love, light and blessings!