Respecting Our True Selves

…holding on to ourselves involves maintaining a relationship with ourselves. It is not surprising that self-esteem also requires maintaining this relationship. To esteem something is to respect it. Self-esteem is another way of saying that we respect our true-selves. ~ Berger, Allen. 12 Smart Things to Do When the Booze and Drugs Are Gone: Choosing Emotional Sobriety through Self-Awareness and Right Action (Berger 12) (p. 167). Hazelden Publishing. Kindle Edition.

What is your relationship with yourself?
And what is my relationship with myself?
I look at this seventeen-day old year,
aware I’ve got reasons for failure to
resume long-standing routines…
good, solid reasons, to be sure
but as I reuse past posts, I find myself relieved
to be creating new material today based on readings
encountered today.
I do esteem (respect) myself, and I respect you,
my readers. I commit to respect you and me
and to grow in understanding
as we move forward into this
Anno Domini, the Year of Our Lord,
two thousand twenty-two.