Thursday, March 11, 2010

Blog it Forward~ What Inspires Me

Today, I blog it forward. Today I join the legion of bloggers taking the cue from Victoria Smith, writer and style maven of SFgirlbybay. She dreamed up a concept where hundreds of bloggers join together in exposing what inspires them, then link to each other to form an online chain letter of inspiration. From group 3, Liane of Enhabiten introduced me yesterday and tomorrow, Desaline, of Every Little Wonder follows along. It's a lovely opportunity to find new blogs and let ourselves be sparked .

These days, it is not the expected that inspires me. No perfectly rusted pail, no certain shade of lavender, no sunset on the sea will do it for me. What inspires me now are people. People who possess the unexpected and laudable qualities of self respect. The ones who have slogged out their anguish in personal trenches and arrived at respect. The ones who have arrived late-but-not-too-late to the treasures of honor. The ones who had the glorious fortune to be taught early in life the value of esteem. It is these people, the possessors of self respect, however it alighted in their souls, that send my heart blazing and forging ahead.

For the world will be saved by people who choose respect. There is no end to war or siege of the environment, there is no common courtesy on roadways or subways, if the people at war or riding along loathe themselves even mildly. To dishonor the self leads, as only it can, to dishonoring the world at large. The world at large is not so large; it is our closet relations, our towns and our schools, our pets abandoned on the streets. No respect within means no respect without. A little respect within means only a little respect without. And the world continues to spin in chaos.

It is self respect and the out loud examples of such that sets my soul to rise. It is the people who know when to say no, who know how to give to others without draining themselves, who leave egos behind and offer compassion instead. It is the people who don't need to win because they know they've already won. These are the people who keep me set in my truth. They inspire me. They give me hope. And they compel me to join them in saving the world, one act of respect at a time.


  1. Anonymous3/11/2010

    Wow! What a great manifesto, dear Graciel!!!

    SO glad I stopped by to read your wisdom this morning :)

    This post is perfectly timed (imagine that?!?) for me, as I declared yesterday as "getting rid of unhealthy people in my life day". My self-respect grew 3 sizes (like the Grinch's heart!) as I cut loose, in love, those who no longer serve me or whose toxicity and negativity do not nurture my spirit.

    Thank you for this affirmation, dear Kindred.

  2. This is good. Good.

    I wrote a long rambling continuation of that thought (lol!) but . . . too much. This is good and you are right. :)


  3. I am crying. I've been having the worst time lately, giving away my self-respect and when I do that I get angry and resentful for no reason of people who really shouldn't have any control over how I feel about myself or my life. This is a beautiful post about using self-respect as inspiration and it has inspired me.

    Thank you,
    S ♥

  4. Beautifully written words from your heart. I am touched by them, and agree with you. Human compassion and kindness is the ultimate inspiration.

    Thank you for sharing. I'm so glad to have "met" you in this way...


  5. well said my friend!!!

  6. that was lovely, and perfect and inspiring and exactly what we should all be thinking...

  7. Gracie, what a lovely manifesto on the importance and power of self-respect. Truly inspiring. And so true for me. I now understand why the book I'm in the midst of reading - PersonaliTrees by Joan Klostermann-Ketels touches and inspires me so deeply. The trees she has photographed and the beautiful words and quotes she has matched to the energy of each tree reflects a respect for nature that could not be experienced without a deep respect for the uniqueness and beauty of self. Thank you for inspiring this insight.


I always appreciate the time you take to comment on my blog. Thank you for stopping by. Peace from my heart to yours. xo, Graciel