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“Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.” - Bruce Lee

Before I quit drinking there was a point that it felt like no one respected me. Since this bothered me, I went out of my way to act menacing towards others, determined the gain their respect. Of course, just the opposite happened. Some people may have feared me, but I doubt that I had their respect. In my mixed up brain I had confused respect with fear.

Today things are different. It is a wonderful feeling to have the respect of others. It is a blessing to know that I have outlived the crazy behavior of my past. It took a lot to get where I am though – discipline, hard work, integrity, honesty, and a lot of faith. In a nutshell, I had to build my character. Bruce was right, “Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.”

How about you? Do you feel the respect of others? If not, then perhaps you should look within yourself for the answers.

Have a great day everyone!