“To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves—there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.” ~ Joan Didion; American journalist and writer of novels, plays, screenplays, and autobiographical works.
“That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.” ~ William J. H. Boetcker; German minister and motivational speaker.
As the concealed mysteries of the deep seas,
As the creatures which no eyes have ever seen,
There is the glorious purity of your soul
As profound and valuable as pure gold;
For it is in thee that life is appreciated,
For it is in thee that such is elevated.
All the kind people one loves and cherishes
May be as the light bulb which flickers in the dark,
The light which changes intensity as mood,
The light which guides and obscures the truth.
They may ask and demand, rob you of your option,
Where the light is faint, where truth is distortion.
The rose blooms under the light of the warm Sun;
You and I develop under the warmth of self-respect.
To master the space and the planets is nothing;
To master the Eternal Love in thee is everything.
Why give knowing that they will just take and take…??
If you always give, play the fool, your love is fake.
The repeated mistakes of good and decent people,
To give and forgive about the love for themselves,
To expect the beast to change when it lives by instinct.
But to love oneself is the glorious purity of your soul,
To know that you are as profound and valuable as pure gold.