How is Your Level of Self-Respect?

I know that the subject of self-respect isn’t one that is top-of-mind every day but when it comes to awareness of the moment, I think it is a valuable tool.

At the end of this Mindful Monday segment, as has been my tradition for quite some time, you’ll find five quotes related to self-respect.  Chew on them this week and see if they change your awareness of self-respect.

Here’s what came to me recently.  See if it resonates with you and ask yourself how you would rate your level of self-respect.

I was on the road all last week traveling for my day job.  My work is a wholly worthwhile endeavor but the older I get, the larger the toll that travel takes on my body.  Consequently, while I’m away, I often have to trade my old habit of arising early to ruminate and write my morning pages for sleep.

During this last trip of logging air and road miles, I also felt the beginnings of a chest cold.  Not good.

I recognized the old signs of trying to do it all, to fill all my roles perfectly.

Right then and there I decided to give myself a break and to be more respectful of my needs.  I let go of guilty feelings about not always writing when I’m on the road.

It is more important to take care of my immediate needs than to adhere to a rigid schedule.

We are our own worst critics, aren’t we?  Our thoughts often begin with phrases like, “I think I should . . . ” or “I could have been more . . . ” or “If I had only . . . ”

That’s just bull.  And disrespectful.  Of me.

I deserve my own respect and so do you.  Let’s begin today, right in this very moment, okay?  What messages are you believing about yourself that are disrespectful?  It’s okay if your level of self-respect is medium to low.  Life is full of do-overs, remember?

Let’s open our arms wide to the self-respect do-over and tackle it with gusto, just for now, just for today.

B Well & Self-Respectful,


The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.  ~Joan Didion

Never violate the sacredness of your individual self-respect.  ~Theodore Parker

Would that there were an award for people who come to understand the concept of enough.  Good enough.  Successful enough.  Thin enough.  Rich enough.  Socially responsible enough.  When you have self-respect, you have enough.  ~Gail Sheehy

It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them.  To make a mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character.  ~Dale E. Turner

He that respects himself is safe from others; he wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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  1. Hi Beth,

    Self respect is so important and often overlooked. Many women, and men as well, worry about everyone else, everything they need to get done instead of concerning themselves with how they are feeling or if they are causing themselves unneeded stress. Your post is a good reminder to take care of ourselves. If we don’t do that, we cannot help others.

    • Beth Wilson says:

      Thanks, Cathy. This is an area that needs lots of attention and focus because you’re right, it is so often overlooked. We rush, rush, rush and do, do, do often to the detriment of our health and well-being. Glad you’re up-to-speed!

      Hope all is well out in sunny California!

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