Saturday, June 16, 2018

An ongoing search for respect of self

How do you come to respect yourself? 

Does the journey call for epic achievements like scaling mountains and winning triathlons and building million dollar businesses? 

Or does it come from the simple, ordinary and everyday victories you achieve in the battle of being a human being? 

Faulkner once said that the only thing worth writing about is the human heart in conflict with itself. Maybe that’s where respect for yourself starts. In the ordinary difficulties of living. 

Like when you listen closely to your real feelings, and then honor whatever arises. Or when you give yourself the freedom to express your emotions, and then refuse to judge yourself for having them. Or when you permit yourself to put words to your needs, and then take an active part in meeting those needs. 

Or when you develop faith in your own experience, relying on inner resources to support you. And when you honor the journey you’re on, and then trust whatever step you take to be the right one. 

In each of these moments, you’re reframing everything you do as a conscious choice and facing the world each day as your best self. That’s worth your respect. And there are no medals and awards and acronyms bestowed upon you for your accomplishment. 

Because that’s not the point. Nobody even has to know. This battle is between you and you. 

Mckee famously wrote in his screenwriting bible that true character is revealed in the choices a human being makes under pressure. The greater the pressure, the deeper the revelation, the truer the choice to the character's essential nature. 

Notice, he said nothing about climbing mountains. Just making choices. 

That’s victory enough. 

How did you come to respect yourself? 

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Scott Ginsberg
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