One of my favorite bloggers, Maggie Mason, tasked her readers with writing down and photographing what Oprah has taught us. Oprah has certainly taught us a lot but one things has always stuck with me.
You teach people how to treat you. When I heard Dr Robin Smith say this during an episode a few years ago I had what Oprah refers to as an "Aha Moment." If someone is treating you with disrespect or demeaning you and you don't stand up for yourself, what you are really doing is saying "I don't mind that you treat me that way." And you better believe they will continue to treat you badly.
I've carried this thought with me every day. When I don't like the way someone is treating me, I let them know that I won't tolerate it. They either shape up, or we don't continue to have a relationship. Either way, I'm much better off.
Make sure you are teaching people the way you would like to be treated. You deserve the utmost respect.
What has Oprah taught you?
Song of the Day
Today's song is Alicia Keys' Superwoman.