Thursday, September 1, 2011
I used to believe that all I wanted was for someone to understand me. If I could find one person who really understood me, that relationship would be a successful one. That might be true but more than understanding, I need respect. No one can ever completely understand why I think, feel, act, believe or even vote the way I do. Especially if my views, thoughts and actions are so much different. Why? Because they have never lived my life and no matter how hard they try, they will never see the world through my eyes. To be respected, regardless, is the true desire of my heart--in any relationship I have: with a lover, a friend, my parents and even my son.
There's always going to be some body who thinks, believes, acts, lives, loves, worships, or votes differently than we do. What would happen if we decided to respect them for those differences rather than reject, isolate, or insult them? Give up our right to be right for once? Could we ever just say, "Look, I don't agree or understand but I totally respect you anyway?" I think this is the greatest expression of love.
I think every single person in the world is longing to be loved, accepted and respected exactly as they are, differences and all.
And this is my Daily Cyn..........