The last four posts have talked about communication styles and the healthiest position of “I am important and so are you.” In other words, our ability to be assertive and to be able to respect both ourselves and others when it comes to our needs, our opinions and our boundaries. Here are three quotes to help us think about assertiveness:
“We despise and abhor the bully, the brawler, the oppressor, whether in private or public life, but we despise no less the coward and the voluptuary. No man is worth calling a man who will not fight rather than submit to infamy or see those that are dear to him suffer wrong.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“When you tolerate disrespectful people you disrespect yourself.” –
“Be calm; yet assertive.
Be meek; yet courageous.
Be gentle; yet bold.
Be kind; yet strong.” –
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