This Friday, my husband and I will celebrate our 23 wedding anniversary.
Yesterday, someone asked me what was our secret to a long and happy marriage.
The words were out of my mouth before I could think about it.
I said, ‘Respect.’
In any relationship, I believe this is of the utmost importance. If you argue, disagree or even joke around, (all teasing has a little bit of truth to it), then do it respectfully.
Do not debase yourself or your spouse with name calling or cheap shots.
That is what a healthy relationship entails.
By that same token, You need to have enough of this for yourself in order to offer it up to others.
So, today, I will re-examine my life and respect myself.
I will respect the decisions I have made.
I will respect my boundaries.
I will respect the person I have become.
It has been a long journey to this point and each step has made me who I am.
It is said that Respect is earned- not given.
Today, I can stand and say,
‘I’ve earned it, Baby, I’ve earned it.’
How about you?