Respect Yourself

I walked past a window the other day and saw my reflection and I did a double take. Who is that guy? (I don’t mean it in a good way.) I don’t always see myself exactly how I am . . . until I look in a mirror or see a photo of myself—or do a Zoom call. This is nothing new. There is how you see yourself, how others see you, and how you want others to see you. It would be great if all three of those perspectives were in alignment.


In the last softball game I played in I beat out an infield grounder and the first baseman said, “Your really fast . . . for a big guy.” No respect. And that’s my point. People do judge a book by its cover and if the cover is tattered, tarnished, or tacky, that’s how people perceive us.


I’m going to focus on how I want others to see me and if I’m right, it will help bring how I see myself and what others see together. If I don’t respect myself, how will I gain the respect of others. (I’ll probably only wear black from now on since it’s thinning and hides stains.)



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