10 October 2008

Respect commands itself and it can neither be given nor withheld when it is due. - Eldridge Cleaver


I have to give credit to Sree Sudheesh for hitting the nail right on its head when he wrote in Malaysiakini about “respect”.

Those who missed it, check it here.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that respect cannot be bought or forced upon anyone. Respect is akin to love. When you feel it, you can’t hold it back, you can’t fight it, and you can’t forget it. It just is there. Respect is intangible, no doubt about that, but it’s a very real sentiment. That’s what I think, anyway.

The very fact that our PM-to-be has to urge Malaysians to respect Malaysian leaders for their own well-being can be likened to a man urging a woman to love him for her own good!

It seems so completely illogical to me.

If I am to love and respect anybody, it will be because it has been earned, nurtured and due.

Sree, this is my sincere thanks to you for prompting me to think a little deeper about “respect”.

9 comments:

masterwordsmith said...

Hi Estrelita,

How are you? I hope you are feeling better now. This is my first time visiting your blog. Saw your comment in Antares' blog so am swinging by to say hi and I am delighted I did cos I can identify with much that you have written.

Pleased to meet you and hope we can bump into each other one day!

Take care and keep up the good work! Your writing speaks from a sincere heart. ;)

God bless you and your loving hubby and family.

cheers!

Estrelita Soliano Grosse said...

masterwordsmith:
Thanks for such a lovely and caring comment. It means so much to me, being so new to blogging and finding unconditional warmth among the new visitors.

I also just found your site last night when Antares mentioned it. I'll be adding it to my blog roll right now.

Your comment left for Antares was exquisitely written. It should have taken first place. I am sorry I beat you by a nose, dear!

You have a new found friend now! Yes, I do hope an opportunity will present itself for us to meet one day.

Cheers and God bless you and yours!

masterwordsmith said...

Hi Estrelita

Thanks for your warmth and for adding me to your blogroll. We women must unite ya?

Ahhhh no worries about the comment in Antares' post....hehe...And thanks for the lovely encouraging comment.

Indeed blogging has opened up a whole new world for me and I have made many new friends including you.

Take care and keep inn touch.

Blessings to you and yours too!

TheWhisperer said...

Hello Madam,

Just dropping by in reciprocation. No regrets at all.

Nice heading for your blog. Mind over the heart. If only more people can pause a moment to think instead of reacting spontaneously with emotion, this world would be a much better world.

My friend Masterwordsmith had said it all on my behalf. Sincere post straight from the heart with no holds barred. That is what makes your blog interesting.

I ll be back for more... Feeling the pressure already?:)

No worries.. Just poking fun here..

Anonymous said...

ladyrp wonders.....
Hello Estrelita.....just saw yr comment on Zorro's blog n was wondering if u r the Estrelita
that Rajam knows from the WPS days
back in the early 90s??????

Estrelita Soliano Grosse said...

To thewhisperer:

Thanks for coming by! More thanks for the heartening comment.

You do notice that STEEST was born on 18 September, so technically I am not even a month old.

Er, yes, I am feeling the pressure, just a tad. But feeling challenged too!

BTW, dark humour can be funny. Looking forward to your next one too, hee hee

Cheers!

Estrelita Soliano Grosse said...

To ladyrp:

Are you Rajam? If yes, Hello there!!!

If no, what's your name?

Write me if you want at esoliano@gmail.com

Cheers!

Sudheesh said...

Hi, I'm Sudheesh, the one who wrote to Malaysiakini :) I happened to come across to this post of yours today. And then only I realised that I was on your blog just the other day when I followed a link about ur multicultural family from M2DAY. Quite a coincidence. That article was very interesting and quite a harbringer of hope, hope that unity and understanding is possible. My best wishes.

Estrelita Soliano Grosse said...

Sudheesh: Thanks for coming by. I am indeed happy that you wrote such a great piece on Malaysiakini. It made me think!

I am certainly glad you commented so we can keep in touch.

Take care. :)