I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. - Psalm 139:14
Self-respect means I quietly bow out of relationships where I’m used and abused. Self-respect means I keep it moving rather than ‘tit for tat’ with juveniles, simply because I’m on a different level. Lions don’t squabble with squirrels. Self-respect means I sometimes come across as arrogant, but typically, to petty-minded players annoyed that I won’t roll around in the mud. Other lions take no umbrage with how I stroll, and usually join the ‘pride’.