I’m not very film-savvy, but I know the difference between great acting talents and not so great ones. I see it and I feel it. I’m also very interested in theater productions – of all kinds, I must say. Maybe in a theater production you can see this difference even more intensified.
Sometimes it’s difficult to explain what self-esteem means because the word “esteem” is rarely used as a daily word. Esteem has the same con-notion as respect. So self-esteem is the same as self-respect.
Self-respect means that you believe in your own integrity, in your own worth and dignity. The same definition you can give to self-esteem. Esteem means nothing else than integrity, worth and dignity.
But Chaplin was more than just a clown. His words were thoughtful and genuine and worth listening to. He used the medium of film to speak about important human topics.
Esteem is a deeply human sense to appreciate the uniqueness and the qualities of each single person.
Esteem is like love inseparable of humanity. With esteem we see the good sides in people, we encourage them in their talents and on their way through life. Esteem is about seeing others as they are in their core and not as they seem to be. Esteem comes from the heart and goes to the heart.
Esteem is what we want to receive for ourselves, but it needs to be honest esteem. When we receive esteem we are able to give esteem to others.
Lao Tzu said: “When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.”
Making fun of others seems to be a sport for some people. Children learn that it’s ok to make fun of others because they see it on television each day.
Ridicule is the extreme end of making fun. Ridicule creates bad feelings for the people who are its target.
Expressing fun in this way has nothing to do with esteem.
Esteem never makes fun of people. Picture a personality toward whom you have the utmost respect. It could be a political leader, an athlete, a religious leader or someone in your family. It’s impossible to think of making fun of this person, isn’t it?
Esteem is a genuine expression of our respect toward people. Esteemful acts can be fun but always in a respectful way.
“Any person who in any way suffers because of hunger or suffers because of poverty — that affects me. We are in a world that is truly interconnected and we need to all realize that we play a role. No matter what we do, small or large, whether it’s dramatic or not — all contributes.”
These are the words of 66-year-old Lydia Pendley of Santa Fe, NM who has dedicated her life to helping others.
Her esteemful actions are based on her respect for the dignity of every human being and her desire to work for peace and justice in the world.
Lydia Pendley celebrated her last few birthdays a little different than most of us. She registered her party as an event on Stand Up Against Poverty Day. She asked her guests to make a donation instead of bringing gifts and collected more than $2,100.
Lydia Pendley has found her unique expression of giving esteem as a sign against poverty. Her dedication and esteemful actions encourages other people to follow her example and express esteem in a similar way.
There are moments in life when we come face to face with people who’ve suffered a disastrous situation. For some of us it may be difficult to act appropriately.
Lived esteem gives us the courage to help in ways that we are able during these difficult moments.
When we integrate esteem into our daily life we’re already used to living respect.
We already know how important it is to take care of other people and how much our solidarity encourages them.
With esteem we don’t look away when people are in distress.
It’s so easy to say that a high self-esteem shows that we respect ourselves. But what exactly does self-respect mean? Is there a way to develop self-respect in a healthy way?
There’s a simple step we can take to find out what self-respect means for us personally. Sometimes it takes looking at how we give respect.
Try to think of life moments when you offered respect in a positive way. What were these moments? What was it that touched you deeply enough to make you feel respect toward someone? As soon as you find out what evokes respect from within, you’ll know that adapting this same attitude will help develop your own self-respect.
Many people feel respect when they witness an unselfish act – such as helping without self-interest. When we embrace this attitude by doing the same we create self-respect.
The United Nations has designated October 5th as World Habitat Day.
The goal of World Habitat Day is to raise awareness about global housing situations and to remind us that everyone should have a safe and decent place to call home.
Expressing respect toward people includes ensuring housing for everyone. Shelter is as life-essential as having enough food and water.
When we want to give a sign of esteem toward people we can do it by being interested in their housing situation. You might be surprised to find out how many people in your community are without adequate housing.
Every big change starts with a small step. We can give esteem to World Habitat Day by being attentive toward the housing situation in our own neighborhood.