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Respecting those you love

   I listened to a very good interview today with Carolyn Myss. She talked about how people disrespect those that love them. And asked the question, why? My belief is, that if we do not respect ourselves, we are often unable to respect others. She made a very good point, that we are not " entitled" to be loved. We cannot make people love us, so why when people do love us, do we show them disrespect?
    This was an interesting question for me. Rather than being in gratitude for those that do show us love, why would people choose not to honor and respect those people? If you are disrespecting a person that loves you, stop and ask yourself why you're doing so. It is such a gift to have a friend or a partner love us. Even for those who don't love and respect themselves, what a great opportunity to understand that there is something lovable about  you, and that another person in this world sees it and extends that love to you. 
   Perhaps it is an opportunity for you to examine yourself and to realize there is more to you than you think. We all know that others are often much better at seeing things about us than we are about seeing ourselves. Knowing that others love us when they don't have to is a good indication of who we are as individuals. There is something to love about each and every one of us, so if you are not seeing it about yourself, perhaps it is time to re-examine yourself.
    I invite you to honor those people in your life that give you love willingly. Next time you are thinking to be disrespectful to a friend, a child, a parent, a spouse, stop and regroup. See how wonderful it is to have that person in your life that loves you just because you are you. We are not entitled to be loved, we are fortunate to be loved and should always keep that in mind............

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