If you want to be respected by others the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you.
Every day I drive alongside some women of the street. Profession- " Working Pro". Some how the street next to my townhouse complex has become a haven for prostitutes and junkies.
And I wonder as I drive by and see them sitting on the side of the road, scantily clad in what I can only assume is to be provocative positions. What misdirection in their lives made them think that selling themselves to dirty little men was the only alternative that they had?! I feel so sad as I see one or two of them asleep on a piece of cardboard in the middle of the day on the sidewalk… so vulnerable to any thing or anyone. I could only guess that there is a certain amount of detachment that allows a person to lay across a sidewalk and go to sleep. Either that or a certain amount of booze or drug. Hmmm very sad.
And I have to say thank you God for keeping me, my family and my friends from ever having to make such a decision. And as much as I would love to give a hand I know the most I can do is say a prayer or ten.