Wednesday, May 5, 2010

"With Love and Respect"

“With love and respect”

I’ve signed thousands of messages with these words and recently a friend whose business advice I value suggested I cease using them at the end of my Extraordinary Minute e mails. He feels they suggest the wrong “tone” for my business oriented readers.

I’ve got my “reasons and intentions” for using this particular sign-off yet sharing them might prevent your valuable feedback. Are you put off by these words? Do you notice them at all? Do you have a suggestion for a better choice? Please let me know by commenting below. I’ll be grateful...and for now,

With love and respect,



Arturo J. Bencosme said...

How about NAMASTE ?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Namaste (Sanskrit: नमस्ते, Hindustani pronunciation: [nʌmʌsˈteː], from external Sandhi between namaḥ and te) is a common spoken greeting or salutation used in Nepal and India. It has multi-religious or else common usage where it may simply mean "I bow to you." The word is derived from Sanskrit namas, to bow, obeisance, reverential salutation, and te, "to you." Also common is a polite form using the imperative astu meaning "let there be": namo: stu te literally meaning "let there be a salutation to you."

In recent times the term "namaste" has come to be especially associated with yoga, spirituality and meditation in the United States, Europe and Australia. In this context, it has been redeployed in terms of a multitude of very complicated and florid new meanings which do not tie in with original meaning or etymologically sound analyses of the word. For example, namaste was the greeting used by members of the "Dharma Initiative" throughout the 6-year run of the television series "Lost." Some examples:

"I honor the Spirit in you which is also in me." -- attributed to but not claimed by author Deepak Chopra
"I honor the place in you in which the entire Universe dwells, I honor the place in you which is of Love, of Integrity, of Wisdom and of Peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are One."
"I salute the God within you."
"Your spirit and my spirit are ONE." -- attributed to Lilias Folan's shared teachings from her journeys to India.
"That which is of God in me greets that which is of God in you."[7]
"The Divinity within me perceives and adores the Divinity within you."[8]
"All that is best and highest in me greets/salutes all that is best and highest in you."
"I greet the God within."
"The light in me sees the light in you" -- attributed to Bridget Laureira's experience with Yoga practice in New York City.

Michael McCafferty said...

I use this one:

"Thank you for the opportunity to be of service."

Vachine said...

"With Love and Respect" is an authentic expression of the human named Robert White. To change the expression to something else which is more acceptable to another is to deny aliveness. An act you counsel against at the core of your ministry. A dishonest behavior.

Robert White said...

I simply have the most wise and wonderful readers! What a blessing all of you are in my life.

Narah said...

In the goings on of my life in the last month with Steven's passing, I think I may have missed commenting on this. Love and Respect is what and who you are. In my humble opinion, I love those words at the end of your e-mails ... and I love you! Thank you, always, for who you are, Robert. You're an amazing person!! XOXO

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