I have often been surprised by the enormity of character I find hiding in individuals. As a firefighter and emergency medical technician, I was often amazed by the heroism of people who were injured and even dying. Again and again I was made to see that within each of us is a depth of spirit that is boundless. We give medals to individuals who have done the extraordinary, but what if we just grant people that respect before they act? Bestowing our respect on people helps them recognize and begin enjoying their valuable uniqueness. Their lives then become sweeter for them and for us. You, my friend, are the only you that ever will be. And you have my eternal respect for your amazing uniqueness. Who might receive yours today?