When you look at yourself on the mirror, what is the first thing that comes into your mind?
Well, of course, most of us would initially consider the physical attributes. But look beyond that… are you happy and contented with yourself? Do you feel that you are perfectly satisfied with what you see and feel deep inside about yourself? The basic question is: Do you actually respect yourself?
As we go along our day-to-day life, we come across people who display disrespectful attitude towards others. For instance, while driving along the street, there goes one car that just swerves right in front of you. In a grocery store, you fall in a long line, and here goes one who squeezes into the line, right in front of you, just to avoid going all the way to the end of the line. Even in simple conversations, there are people who just say anything to offend others, totally disregarding the feelings of the person they are talking to.
We wonder to ourselves why there are people who do this. How can some people be so rude, so disrespectful? Do they feel happy with what they do?
Respect comes from within. If a person cannot start respecting himself, then it would be impossible to show respect for anybody else. Respecting yourself is actually loving yourself…and if you love yourself, happiness is within you. You believe that you are a person who deserves to be respected by others, and therefore, will do the same for them.
Imagine how happy and peaceful this world would be, if every human being had self-respect… Nobody would have the desire to cause pain and suffering, simply because each person respects himself enough to believe that he doesn’t deserve to be hurt by anybody..
"if you want to be respected by others, the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self respect will you compel others to respect you" – Fyodor Dostoevsky