Saturday, July 16, 2016

Thoughts - July 16, 2016

"If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.”
― Michael Bassey Johnson.
This quote rather stopped me in my tracks this morning....or, rather, caused me to pause while raising the lovely, thin, china coffee cup to my lips. Can I, do I, survive on my own? Does it take this proof? Am I respected by the people I love? Of all the many aspects of love, respect has been in the background or taken for granted, perhaps. Of course we all want to be respected - by co-workers, neighbors, church folks, social friends. But I can't remember the last time I told a loved one how much I respect him/her. Or heard those words myself. I think when I see the word "prove" it raises my hackles just a tad. There are times we are utterly dependent on others. Yet, I get Mr. Johnson's point. I am responsible for myself and my survival. We all are. It's a lesson women have not always experienced. But that's another topic! My Saturday morning, post-Birthday rambling is over.....time to go to work so that Clue-kitty, whom I respect and love, doesn't have to survive on her own! - Beth Almond Ford

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