With everything going on in my life and in the world today, I thought I would write about respect. Respect is something that we see very little in our world today. Maybe that is why our lives and world is in the shape it is in.
Respect is defined as:
“esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability, or something considered as a manifestation of a personal quality or ability: I have great respect for her judgment.”
by dictionary.com (third definition)
In our busy lives, we often forget to show respect to those who deserve it. Look at how we treat our family and friends. Do we show them the respect they deserve? Probably not. Look at how we treat our military. We definitely don’t show them the respect they deserve. They know that they may have to give the ultimate sacrifice, but they serve anyway. And we forget them and their families instead of respecting them and taking care of their families.
Respect has to earned, it cannot be demanded to be given to someone. Your actions, or the actions of others, is what will garner respect. Back to military example for a moment. Everyone who signs up for the military should be respected because they are willing to fight for our country. This act garners them respect and esteem.
People who demand respect without respecting others is a pet peeve of mine. To be respected you must respect others. Those who think they above others and their needs or wants are more important are hard to respect. If you want respect, you have to give respect. Job titles, last names or positions in the community do not necessarily mean you will be respected. Again, it is your actions that garner respect.
Leaders respect the needs of others, and will therefore garner respect. It is the act of respecting others that allows other to respect them.
So, can you do a better job of respecting others? Leave a comment and lets discuss this.