My apartment building has undergone façade repair for the past two years, which means our building has been encased in scaffolding for the past two years. The scaffolding came down this week!
- I am grateful for the scaffolding is down
- I am grateful that there will no longer be construction noise taking place outside the windows
- I am grateful that there will no longer be men who might be right outside my window from any point between 9 and 5
- I am grateful that I can wash my windows and they might stay clean for more than a minute
- I am grateful that we will be able to use the roof deck once again
My journal prompt for the week is RESPECT (this follows suit with the words I discussed recently) Here’s how it appeared in the books that I’m reading:
- But I’m a good guy I swear. I’ve never treated the women in my life with anything other than the utmost respect. Lisa Jewell
- She (Edna Lewis) published The Taste of Country Cooking in 1976 but it feels new, organized by seasonal menus, focused on respecting ingredients, and capped off with understated stories of country life. Jane Mount
- On tough days, it helps to treat your body with dignity and respect. Eveline Helmink
- …it wasn’t children controlled excessively by their parents, but children whose choices and independence had been respected that obtained the skills necessary to be the most successful in the marshmallow test. Fumio Sasaki
- Over time, you’ll have more access to this space, and if you remain respectful of its different quality of time, you can reap tremendous benefits from it in your life. Pedram Shojai
- She bowed and greeted him in Vietnamese, as it was expected of her to greet her elders with respect, even though the man was creepier than a dark alleyway at night. Carolyn Huynh
- I respect my readers assessment that there’s a problem. But they’re readers. I’m the author; I’m the one who’s trying to decide how I fix it in the context of what I’m trying to do. Graeme Simsion
- You are good and you deserve respect and kindness. Natasha Solomons
- He listens as he was taught to listen: respectfully. Julia Cameron
- I behaved stupidly out of respect for the law. Hugh Eakin
- When Marcelo was around, people looked at us differently- with respect and with fear because of Marcelo’s big muscles, scary face, tattoos that peeked out from his sleeves. Javier Zamora
- (Keeping our entrance clean) instills in us a respect for our home as a sacred place. Marie Kondo
- There’s something in his tone as he says it, something incredibly self aware, the noun carrying a respect I haven’t often heard it imbued with. Catherine Steadman
How I’m thinking about RESPECT:
- Do we pattern a behavior of respect for our children?
- Are respect and fear intertwined?
- Do we deserve respect or is it earned?
- If an older relative is mean or whatever, do they deserve respect because they are older?