Respect Yourself And Others To Get The Most From Life

Respect is like honesty and loyalty - basic requirements of living a decent, satisfying and productive life. At times we may not show respect to ourselves or others. We may question ourselves and ponder and wonder. We think and are thoughtful about our lot in life. What we are doing. What we are involved in. What direction our life is going in.

The power of words . . .

As we read we can let the words gently flow over us. We can let the words quietly be spoken to us in there own sweet way. We can let ourselves open to the thoughts and their meanings, the ideas and their origin, the phrases and the understandings that they have ready for us. Ready for us to assimilate and take on board. If we let them filter through and allow the words their power to move and rejuvenate. If we let ourselves be uplifted and filled with their sometimes hidden insights. Too gently and slowly to impact on our lives as we read - and in the future when we recall their meaning for us.

I hope this page will do this and more. I hope this example will help to express life in an insightful, penetrating but easy to read manner. And help us to question the lives we lead and the manner in which we live them.


We should show each other loyalty, honesty and respect
for without due regard for life what do we get
but an empty container without its previous contents
which leave us feeling cheated and makes no sense.

For we have much with we can feel life's fill
that can give us a sense of completeness and such a thrill
at all the possibilities and opportunities that lay at our feet
if we could only take advantage of them all (like a trained athlete).

We need to recognize and to admire
what we see as the best of humanity and try to acquire
or earn for ourselves through dint of hard effort
our rightful place in life if we could only remain alert

To the situations and circumstances we find ourselves in
if we can appreciate life, our friends, indeed everything
that amounts to the life that we lead and we sustain
by our efforts each day, with the wisdom granted us to explain

What the whole world is all about, and including our small part
with which we can contribute and give if we only start
to respect others as we would like ourselves to be seen
we can then reach boldly up to the sky and be keen

To extol the virtues and values of the things we do
for without these principles and scruples we would be in a stew,
and also to explain our actions and our deeds,
admiration and esteem of others helps with life's greater needs

To share and contribute as well as to receive
if we do this we can really start to believe
that life has much to offer us and the recognition
that if we do our best we will find our life's passion

Not away from us in some foreign land
but rather at home with us does it really stand
within and around us in its good stead
in our heart and our soul and not in our head.

Will we find peace and solace and much to give thanks
for the breath that gives us life, for this very much outranks
our possessions and other things that we seem to hold dear
our life's blood is the thing to really give us good cheer

And the chance to be thoughtful and to honor
this life and our experience and much left to capture
and play with and appreciate and to know the real joy
of being alive on Earth and the grace life does bestoy

On each of us in our turn and in its own way
life respects us and hopes we feel that is okay
and that we hold our life in the highest regard
and realize each moment is so precious and never discard

Nor waste any time that we have today
and take the trouble to know and to convey
to others in our way and to be fair and select
everyone we come into contact to share our respect.

All best,
Martin


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