The biggest secret of self-esteem is this: Begin to appreciate other people more; show respect for any human merely because he is a child of God and therefore a ‘thing of value.’ Stop and think when you’re dealing with people that you’re dealing with a unique, individual creation of the Creator of all. Practice treating other people as if they had some value – and surprisingly enough your own self-esteem will go up. For real self-esteem is not derived from the great things you’ve done, the things you own, the mark you’ve made – but an appreciation of yourself for what you are – a child of God.
You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.
Real strength is not just a condition of one’s muscle, but a tenderness in one’s spirit.