“You have no reason to blame anyone for how you are treated, and yet most of you think that the problems you face and the treatment you receive is the result of other people’s lack of consideration. You have the inherent power to teach anyone how you want to be treated. When you simply sit back and accept being abused, you are responsible for permitting that abuse to be heaped on you.
I’ve noted that those people who refuse to be abused, insist on respectful treatment, and react swiftly and firmly when they are mistreated receive the respect that so many “blamers” never see in their lives.
Teach those around you through behavior not empty arguments, that you will tolerate nothing less than respect. This is never difficult for those who have self-respect, since a person with high self-esteem expects the same kind of treatment from others that they expect of themselves. Respect yourself, and you’ll receive respect. If you receive disrespect, look to yourself and ask that most important question, “Why have I allowed myself to be treated this way?” instead of “Why are they doing this to me again?”
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, in “Gifts from Eykis”
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