First things first, I just want to say that Pinterest is a wonderful thing. It’s the place to save/browse anything and everything in one place. I’m a second year grad student, and I got a Pinterest my freshman year of college. I’ve surfed it at least twice a week ever since. One of the boards I have on Pinterest is called “perspective”. I use it to pin quotes I see that give me, surprise surprise, perspective. They are words of wisdom that make me think twice, and in a lot of ways, help me make sense of some things in life.
That being said, my “perspective” board of quote wisdom has helped me find peace in that sometimes people will be disrespectful. Whether it’s a friend, family member, significant other, or coworker, you will be made to feel low at some point. In dealing with this, I wanted to share my favorite quotes for accepting this, and wisdom for how to handle it.
“It’s not you it’s me” – TRUE.
Bottom line? Walk away from disrespect if it’s continuing to be toxic to you. Be selfish with your time and energy.
If someone cares and says they do, they should show the effort to prove that. Otherwise, if nothing changes, the respect just isn’t there.
You do you, FOR you. People have their own motives, and don’t always acknowledge others for their successes. Celebrate your own achievements – you don’t always need others’ affirmations.
Changing your perception of a bad situation can take away the power over you. Instead of blowing up over something, silence can do wonders. It can change the entire situation.
People have their own demons – sometimes they project them on you. Many don’t know how to deal with their own struggles – take this into consideration and move forward.
I think the hardest part of growing older and more aware is learning how to navigate people. Being good to others doesn’t always get reciprocated. Treating people with the respect and consideration that you would want doesn’t mean that others have the same heart as you. Disrespect comes. Sometimes far too often. But understanding where it’s coming from and why you should let it roll off your shoulders is a way to not take things personally, and to not let it affect your personal character. As long as you keep treating people with respect, that’s all you can control; find peace in that.
Written by GUADS Staff Member Kelley