How can you show your respect today?

“Respect” by Tamara Magnitsky

Welcome to RESPECT week.

When you take a look at Tamara’s photo, you can certainly feel the respect flowing from the Aikido students. Respect is in fact a cornerstone of all martial arts practices. My daughter, a new green belt in her Karate program, spent the last month discussing in her class just what respect looks like — and we do know what it looks like don’t we? Not speaking out of turn, not ignoring, being polite. A person can just tell when respect is given, or not.

January considers another side.

Fire and Ash
by January Handl

When your volcano erupts
and the spewing anger covers me
up with fire and ash,
my breath is held in hopes
that it will not trigger my own explosion
because, you could kill me
with a word
or a blow
you could
stop the part of me that grows

as you have in the past.

And you say, sorry
but you resent it
and really you are pissed and
want me to be
what you want.

Maybe deservedly so.

I only know that stripped to the bone
of the flesh and muscle
of tissue and tendon
I must once again
rebuild myself.

Its not fair, you say,
I know its not
believe me,
I know its not.


When respect is not given it is too easy to strip a person down.

When we lose respect for each other it becomes too easy to do things that tear down rather than build up. Our neighborhoods, cities and planet all suffer when respect is lost. This is the week when we change that.

When people honor each other, there is a trust established that leads to synergy, interdependence, and deep respect. Both parties make decisions and choices based on what is right, what is best, what is valued most highly.” ~Blaine Lee, Author of The Power Principle)

This week our bliss initiative is to show and share respect. Respect for how we treat each other, respect for ourselves and respect for our planet.

How can you show your respect today?


Tamara and January are here each Monday to help set the mood for the week!

Tamara Magnitsky

My mission is fulfilling a lifelong desire to be a creative professional making a positive difference in the lives of those I encounter. Photographing unique personalities in a fun and relaxed environment. To challenge myself creatively, listen deeply and take a damn good picture.
See Tamara’s photography on her Facebook Page.



January Handl

January Handl is first and always a mother, has been a preschool teacher and parent educator for 25 years. She is currently lives in Aptos California AND simply in awe of existence.

She calls her photo “hot tub bliss”  🙂

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