Respect is complete acceptance of who we are in each moment. If we don't respect ourselves, how can we possibly respect one another? Likewise, how can we expect someone, who has not yet learned to respect themselves, to respect us. Eventually, it is seen that all respect must begin with self-respect because we are connecting with something deeper within ourselves. Moreover, we are trusting God's light to shine through us. When we whole-heartedly revere the light of our innermost being, something beautiful begins to happen. We become that which is sacred. We discover that we are both steady and pliable, flexible and strong, releasing and holding fast. We move with the winds of life and in so doing, we become one with the dance of Grace.