I have been in one of those introspective moods that we find ourselves in more often than not. Well, at least that is when I’m having rodeo in my head!
But, let’s get back to self-respect. What does that mean to you? What does it mean to me? How does it play in our lives? What about respect?
For me, it has many aspects, in various parts of my life.
Relationships. For me, this means staying steadfast to what I want. I want to be in loved, be loved back and know who I am going to grow old with. Period.
Family. For me, I am blessed with outstanding siblings. Forget our differences, we are always on the same page as far as each other. We love each other, support each other, call each other. And, we let each other have our opinions with rolling eyeballs on the other end of the phone line.
Friends. For me, I am grateful for the rainbow of hundreds of shades of colors and people in my life. All paint a picture of lasting friendship and for those who come and go, memories and lessons learned. But there are always lessons learned because of my convictions and boundaries.
My sweet dog(s). I lost Zeke last August and swore I would not get a dog again. No way, no how, I was not going to be devastated emotionally again. Haha, that all changed when a dear friend tagged me on a Facebook post from McPaws Animal Shelter in McCall. Now Murphy and I are back on the Hillside to Hollow trails, the Boise River greenbelt and nearby parks. He is a sweet, loving dog despite his anxiety. That too shall pass! My gift is the gift of unconditional love, which we all should have.
My colleagues. For me, after 30 years in the real estate industry, I have found that special connection with the real estate team I work with at Keller Williams Realty Boise. Agents With a Smile. I know, corny name but it suits each and every one of us to a T. We are all different and yet we have so much in common: giving from abundance. That abundance is our expertise, knowledge, compassion, understanding and drive to be the best in our industry. And, we are.
My neighbors. When I need it the most, my next-door neighbor leaves a cellophane wrapped fortune cookie on my windshield. That kind gesture lifts me when I need it the most. The universe makes sure those gifts appear in times of angst.
Yes, I have angst.
Don’t we all once in a while? Self-respect is the reminder of who I am and what I want from life.
What about you?
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