22-324 Honor

Today’s Mandala

“Your integrity,
your dignity,
your honor
– they aren’t for sale.
Not ever.
Not to anyone.”

— James Patterson

“Character — the willingness
to accept responsibility
for one’s own life —
is the source from which
self-respect springs.”

— Joan Didion

“Honoring yourself
is not selfish,
it’s vital.”

— Elaina Marie

Today’s MotD encourages us to honor ourselves. What does that mean? To honor oneself is to respect, admire, and appreciate ourselves. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the verb honor as: “to regard or treat with admiration and respect.” Our challenge becomes believing we are worthy of honoring (respecting, appreciating, etc) ourselves.

If we grew up in an environment that failed to model honor and respect of self and others, then it’s likely we failed to learn how to do so without feeling selfish, proud, or egotistical. Therapist Lisa Neuweg, LCPC, defines honoring ourselves as “accepting all parts of ourselves: the good and bad, the perfect and imperfect, the disappointments and triumphs.”

From Margarita Tartakovsky, MS on PsychCentral.com, she offers 7 Ways to Honor Yourself Every Day. Also from PsychCentral.com, Sandra Silva Casabianca and Kaitlin Vogel offer this helpful post on Self-Respect: What it is, How to Achieve it, and Why it’s Important.

Probably the biggest step we can take (and maybe the first) is to forgive ourselves. By that we mean, forgiving ourselves for what we’ve done (or not done) to ourselves (decisions gone wrong, self-neglect, self-sabotage, limiting beliefs, etc). Yes forgiving others is important as well, however until we learn how to forgive ourselves and be at peace with ourselves, it can be difficult to forgive others. Some helpful guidance on self-forgiveness can be found at 5Options.com: How to Cope With a Bad Decision: 5 Stops to Forgive Yourself and Move On.

“Each moment, each person,
is sacred and worthy of respect
– especially you.” 

— Amy Leigh Mercree


The Mandala Lady

btw…started with this & 2 shimmer views:


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