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Delphic Maxim 129

November 4, 2009

Delphic Maxim 129: Respect Yourself.

In order to respect yourself, you must first know yourself. You must then understand and accept yourself – your limits, your beliefs and your values. Others around you will often not respect you until you respect yourself–and so if you’re seeking respect, you must become worthy of it by respecting yourself.

That isn’t to say that one must become a god in their own eyes to respect themselves. If you wish to truly respect yourself, you must understand both the good and bad parts of who you are; everyone has them, after all.

Accepting just who you are can be difficult, but it is not impossible. The gods accept who we are–with all our triumphs and all our faults–and so do those who love us. Friends, family, pets – those who know and accept us also love and respect us. In my opinion (as a young woman devoted to a variety of gods, primarily Hellenic, and as a fairly balanced human), we should take a leaf out of the books of our gods, friends, family and pets–and learn to accept, understand, love and respect ourselves and everything around us.

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