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Heartwings Love Notes 844 - Respect for others is key

Heartwings says: "Respect is a combination of humility and compassion."

A friend of mine recently shared this quote from her late father: "I do not count how far I walk, but the time I spend when walking." To
me this demonstrates a wonderful sense of self-respect. Self-respect can be tricky to acquire. It grows when others say kind words,
yet if I feel lacking or insufficient, I will not accept nor believe others when they compliment or praise me. With a greater sense of
comfort within myself, I can more easily accept others kudos. It also helps greatly when I am not looking through a veil of worry,
guilt, or wanting to please. It takes time to recognize and then dissolve that veil.

Small children have a natural sense of self-respect. They may begin to lose it if they do not get good feedback from the adults
around them. On the other hand, with too much praise they can become overly egoic, which is why parents have often been chary
with or even withheld praise. This attitude of disparagement was practiced for generations by well meaning parents. For example,
when I proudly played my mother a song I had just learned on my newly acquired guitar, she responded: "That's nice, now when will
you begin to write your own."

Fortunately I was used to this kind of 'praise' and did not take it to heart. My mother meant well. She was only imitating her parents'
behavior. I tried hard not to act this way with my children. It isn't easy being a parent. The examples from our own upbringing are
hard wired into our consciousness. My mother struggled all her life with almost crippling sense of self consciousness brought about
by her stern upbringing. I had much to unlearn, and in the process I discovered the essence of respect for others: detachment from
rigid ideas concerning how I think others ought to act or be.

As time went on, I perceived another negative aspect of myself. I noticed how unkindly I reacted to the perceived failures of others. I
began to work to develop a stronger sense of compassion as well as respect for the effort rather than criticism of the result. What I
have learned is that when I am comfortable in my own sense of self-respect I can see more clearly the results of my actions; I am
not looking through a veil of worry, guilt, or wanting to please. I have also recognized how important it is to feel compassion for
myself as well as for others, and this is an important aspect of my ongoing learning process.

Wishing you joy in your own journeys toward knowing yourselves,

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Blessings and Best Regards,
Tasha Halpert
 

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