With all the excitement surrounding the film, Atlas Shrugged: Part 2, the story based on the famous novel by Ayn Rand, many of her quotes have been popping up on Twitter lately. This one happens to be one of my favorites:
“Honor is self-esteem made visible in action.”
I love that. And, I asked friends on my Facebook LIKE page, “How do YOU interpret this quote by Ms. Rand?”
As always, I received many wise and enlightening responses.
Christie Ellis wrote, “self esteem is confidence you have in yourself and if you are confident in yourself you will honor any action you promise to take.”
Sandra Fry suggested that, “how you view yourself inwardly is evident outwardly.”
Stacey Martino opined, “When you know what you are worth, it’s visible in your actions!”
Mollie Marti said something really interesting: “I first read ‘honor’ as ‘humor’ and think this is true too…being comfortable in our own skin with humility to laugh at ourselves reflects self-esteem. Quote as written says to me that only when we accept and love ourselves can we love and honor the true self of another.”
Lene Jytte Hansen followed up Dr. Mollie’s thought with something I’d never thought of: “actually, you can put all the most valuable words in place of ‘Honor’ and it would make great sense – this shows how wide self-esteem spreads in meaning – e.g. integrity, care, success, influence.”
Thank you. I love the thoughts that EACH of you shared (as well as others that were not included above).
My own interpretation, similar to many who provided theirs, is that one who truly possesses self-esteem also has high values, and will always “act” (action) congruently with those values.
Again, just my interpretation. Would love to know yours.