To recognise one's own uniqueness is to respect oneself. To have respect for oneself based on other people's opinion or situational achievements is to have respect temporarily. True respect for the self is based on the recognition of the fact that every individual is unique with its own set of unique capabilities. This understanding enables one to see his own uniqueness without being influenced or without company with others. When we know to recognise and appreciate our own uniqueness and respect ourselves on this basis, we are able to be free from ego and inferiority complex. We are also able to recognise naturally the uniqueness of the other person and respect him for it. Thus winning the love and respect of others too.
~ Brahma Kumaris, Mt Abu.