Respect Earned


as you leave your boyhood behind, let me tell you about the world and where I would like you to be.

I know, I am old. You know it.

But, along this path of life and misery, I have learned a few things I need to share with you.

Now, you have all the youth and energy, you play and run and laugh.  But, life gets heavier later. Let me tell you just some of the dangers.

Timmy. Are you listening?

Our first danger is pride, and the second is ego. They are the same coin, just different sides; smelling dead and rotten to your soul, and heavier than Mississippi mud on your life.

The Small Man will spend a lifetime with a matchbox full of achievements and a steamer trunk filled with jealousy.

He can lift his success with his ego and mouth, but the jealousy trunk needs a lot of help from stronger folk.  The small man is small because of his heart.

He can say, “that old rich man is a worm!”

And fully believe it with a dark heart devoid of understanding.

Ignorance goes hand in hand with pride and ego, in reverse. As the ego goes up, the smarts go down, down, down.

The small man has no appreciation for how that rich man became rich.

Or, how that giving man gives it all for nothing the Small Man can see.

The small man believes he deserves it all, though his matchbox is so tiny.

The small man will scream and cry and be the squeakiest of wheels, but

When he dies, he has the smallest people in the world with final respect, because the small man rarely earned respect from others.

Are you listening?

You will earn your way!
You will give respect!
Jealousy you will shun!

Your matchbox of smallness will be tiny, while your steamer trunk will be full of achievements and respect!

Earn respect, keep your ego and jealousy under strong lock.
Live a worthy life and you will be rich in friends.