Looking through some old drawings and sketches last week, I flipped through the original mini sketchbook for my Saving the World drawings, and I just couldn’t help myself, I had to do one more large one. I thought I had finished with them, but I couldn’t quite understand why I never did an 8 x 10 version of this one about respect, and so got out a bigger sheet of paper and went to work. Here is the final product, and I have a print version available in my shop.
8 x 10 inches, pen and ink
This print is a reminder to me how important it is to respect yourself—I think respecting yourself is perhaps even more important than respecting others. It seems that most of the time, we treat other people better than we treat ourselves—constantly berating ourselves for every mistake or mishap.
Imagine if we all treated ourselves with complete respect—we never beat ourselves up, we supported ourselves completely, let ourselves off the hook even when we wanted to spend the day lounging around eating ice cream. If we treated ourselves with this much care, how would we treat other people? Probably with the same care. If we could see ourselves for the good people we are, how would we view other people? Probably with the same consideration and love.
The bottom line is that everything starts really small and close to home—our internal universe works like a test lab for the rest of our lives. Frustrations with yourself often spiral into frustrations with your friends and family. We could all benefit from testing some of the good stuff on ourselves instead of all of the reprimanding and berating. Respect yourself.