“There are other measures of self-respect for a man [or woman!],” Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “than the number of clean shirts he [or she] puts on every day.”
This prompt is simple, dear writers. In list form, tell us what you consider your five most important sources of self-respect. Acting as a role model? Reading transcendentalist poetry? Writing (at least one sentence) every day? Helping your mum? Composting?
As you reflect on the daily rituals or tasks that bring you a sense of worth, consider which of these are derived internally vs. externally. Some (like receiving a good grade) might be outside sources, while others (like writing in your journal or meditating) are not dependent on anyone or anything but yourself
. For some inspiration, check out the works of Write the World Peer Ambassadors Zodi Schwind
; Huda Ayaz
; Lindsay Tsai
; Carlos Mendoza
; Ashley Tan
; and Mico Aldmar T. Mendoza
. We were inspired by their self-worth wisdom!