When I was younger I remember singing Respect by Aretha Franklin in front of a mirror, with a hairbrush as my microphone. I loved that song. I had no clue about what the lyrics meant. Now, when I sing that song. I realize her lyrics are fierce!

I was always taught to respect my elders and authority. But most importantly my mother taught me to respect my body and myself.

You don’t have to agree with a person or even like the person. But you most show people respect. Remember your children are watching how you treat others.

You should never lower your standards or values that you believe in. Especially when it comes to dating. When you see the first sign of disrespect, take notice. That was something that I failed to do in my marriage. When I think back. I allowed myself to be disrespected. That experience taught me a valuable lesson.

Self respect is everything. Respect is earned. Never beg a person to respect you. Be patient. This applies to relationships, friendships and encounters that you have with coworkers.

I shared with Harrison that I was going on a date. No, it wasn’t The Toothpaste Man. Harrison had questions. Where are you going? How long will you be gone? What’s his last name? Just the basics right. His next question made me proud of him. Harrison said, “Does he respect you?” Drop the mic. I was done. I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry.

Know your worth. Respect is everything.



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