Thank those who do not respect you. They have given you freedom. When people respect you, they often take away your freedom. They expect you to smile at them, recognize them, and behave in a certain way with them. If they do not respect you, you are not obliged to answer their questions and you can drop all formalities. You can naturally smile or frown – you can be complete.
When people love and respect you, you are obliged to return their courtesies because you do not want to hurt them. But when they do not respect or love you, they will not be hurt by your expressions. They set you free.
When you gain respect, you often do it at the cost of your freedom. Wisdom is to put freedom first and not bother with respect.
True freedom is not an “I don’t care” attitude; it is not stiff. It is an inner lightness with a genuine smile. When someone is stiff and arrogant, they are not free. Love blossoms only in freedom. When there is love, respect simply follows you.