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Monday, August 3

Friends

I was surrounded by a lot of them this past week.



at the pool
at the hotel
everyday
sometimes all day

close friends
somewhat close friends
acquaintances

and at 44, I am still having light bulb moments

at 44, I can say honestly, that being so fortunate to
constantly be surrounded by good friends and good people,

has made me continue to realize
that RESPECT
is a big thing.


As I get older, I see how important it is to respect...
someone
something
some situation


I watched for a week,
how, no matter what commonalities we may share
(all being "swim" families, in this particular instance)
everyone does everything differently.


We are who we are.
We handle things in our own way.
We say different things.
React in different ways.
All the while, deserving respect because
MY way of handling things is not the better way.
MY words are not the better words.
MY reaction is not the better reaction.

I am NO BETTER than anyone else.



“I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me... All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”
Jackie Robinson




I hope my daughter can take time and think about things like this.
Then I'll know I've done a good job.

5 comments:

Liz said...

Very well stated.
I am certain, without even having met her, that your daughter will know this.
And I LOVED that quote - we could all live by it.

And to add to your point, and Jackie's... behaving respectfully begets respectful behavior. It's a 2-way street!

Kim said...

Great post, and great pictures, Gin. Life's so much more interesting with everyone doing things their own way. The key, as you've said, is to respect that, and I say, even enjoy it.

To each his own, right?

SwimMomTrish said...

Great lesson . . . I need to remember that more often !! Great trip, great friends . . . I say over and over how blessed my kids are to be surrounded by "good" kids, good environment, good families !! Thank you for reminding us of that !!!

Anonymous said...

Amen to that Gini!I LOVE the photos. It took me a while into the week to realize that what happens in the pool is such a small part of the big picture, pracatically insignificant. In hindsight, the kids had a blast and created memories that will last a lifetime. Nothing is more important than that.-Gail

Debbie said...

Great post and great pictures!