Divine Definitions: (1) The objective reality, the source of all singular things; (2) The first thought, the source of all individual minds; (3) The original Person, the source of all unique personalities; (4) The creative value, the source of all differentiated ideals

Comment: We are dependent during this physical time upon the human body being healthy and alive, particularly the brain/mind connection. After our first physical body dies our essential cosmic identity (Spirit, personality, mind, soul, and valuable experiences) is preserved and continues to thrive.

Human Definition: a proper respect for oneself or for one’s own character and reputation

Balancing Qualities: Humility, Willfulness
     Note: Lack of, or loss of, self-respect results in inaction due to the diminution of will – or selfish action due to lack of respect for others.

Too Far: There are two kinds of pride, both good and bad. ‘Good pride’ represents our dignity and self-respect. ‘Bad pride’ is the deadly sin of superiority that reeks of conceit and arrogance. — John Calvin Maxwell (1947-) American author & pastor

Quote: Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners. — Laurence Sterne (1713-1768) Irish-born English author

Reflection: 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 (1936–2020) American author & lecturer

Advice: Idleness weakens self-respect. Therefore, stay busy with something constructive you love to do, or have a duty to do. Then turn that duty into an act of love. Self-respect begins with knowing what is worthy of respect; and is gained by loving and serving that value in others.