July 3

Today's quotation:

As we grow as unique persons,
we learn to respect the uniqueness of others.

Robert H. Schuller

Today's Meditation:

One of my most important goals in life is to learn to respect--truly respect--the uniqueness of others.  No matter how much I try to do so, I still find myself criticizing and judging others based on their actions or opinions.  And that's not fair at all, for I really don't know them or the motives and sources of those actions or opinions.  My goal is to accept others as they are without applying names to them and without trying to change them.

I do find that this is easier as I grow more comfortable with myself, with who I am as a person.  I find that as I get more in touch with my own authentic self and allow that self to surface, I don't feel nearly as much of a need to criticize others just because they've done something I don't agree with.  I'm much more able simply to recognize the differences between us and to let them be, even respecting them when they conflict with my own ideas or opinions.  I'm still not where I want to be with this, but I am much further than I've ever been.

We like to apply names and labels to people.  We like to judge and criticize.  These actions give us a sense of importance, a sense of righteousness.  But when we truly understand that we are important as we are, and that our righteousness comes only from within, not from our relations with others, we find that we are able to accept and respect others much more readily and much more fully.  And this is important both for us and for them.

I want to grow as a unique person because as I do, I'll be able to treat others with much more dignity and respect, and then I'll be contributing an awful lot of positive energy to this world of ours that needs as much positive as it possible can get.

Questions to consider:

Do you respect the uniqueness of others?  How can it be difficult to do so at times?

Do you allow yourself to grow as a unique person?  What might you need to do in order to do so?

What would some results be of respecting the uniqueness of others?

For further thought:

Since everybody is an individual, nobody can be you.
You are unique.  No one can tell you how to use
your time.  It is yours.  Your life is your own.
You mold it.  You make it.

Eleanor Roosevelt

  

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