Remember how New York used to be a crime-ridden place where people feared to go out at night? Then, a few years ago, the authorities cracked down on crime.

But what was amazing was the kind of crime they cracked down on: vandalism and littering. The result was greatly reduced violence. Why? Because a neglected environment of garbage on the ground and broken windows sends a message that nobody is in charge and nothing matters. In a clean, well-maintained atmosphere, there is a sense of order, an underlying message that things matter.

When you look in the mirror, what do you see. Do you see a neglected person who doesn’t matter? Or do you see a well-maintained person who matters very much. How you treat yourself and how others treat you hangs in the balance.