A to Z Challenge 2018 · whatever!

R is for respect…

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A lot of the world’s troubles is due to lack of respect.
People and countries don’t respect one another’s culture and beliefs.
People and countries don’t respect their home, earth.

You don’t have to love or even like someone to be respectful of them.
Being respectful doesn’t mean you have to agree with what they say or do.
It is simply a courtesy to be considerate and civil.

Granted, it can be difficult to give respect to someone who is arrogant and pompous.
It is not easy to be with those who are conceited, overbearing, and presumptuous.
It is best to have as little interaction with them as possible.

There are those you know, and some you don’t know personally, who affect your life.
How and to what extent they affect you may determine your feelings toward them.
As hard as it may be it is important to put feelings aside and be respectful.

This is not to say be a doormat.
Be humble and modest, be strong and confident, and stand up for yourself.
Being respectful of others requires self-respect.

Without self-respect, you will not know or understand the power of respect.
Having respect for yourself is not egotistical or boorish.
All respect begins with knowing who you are and the value of all life.

Be someone who understands respect begins with you.







18 thoughts on “R is for respect…

  1. Respecting different cultures and beliefs. I live in China, and it has been hard. Respect is shown differently here. As an American, I expect my employer to have a certain respect for my time and give me adequate notice of schedule changes. Here in China, employees are basically the property of the company, and respect only works vertically. (That’s my American perspective.) So dealing cross-culturally, you might even think you are being respectful, but you are not. Americans generally like a direct answer. Chinese do not. Is my saying “no” disrespectful? It becomes muddy water.

    1. Major differences in cultures are difficult I am sure. I have never had to deal with this while living in another country but I have had to find some middle ground when I was in sales and sometimes had clients from other countries. Life is not without its challenges! Hang in there.

    1. If what is happening in schools is any indication there is a serious lack of the teaching of respect which should start at home. Sad.

  2. It is simply a courtesy to be considerate and civil. I love this. I was just telling someone how simple courtesy is at large throughout the world. It amazes me to be quite honest. Respect for all things should be a moral requirement not a shock when it’s encountered. Sigh. Love the kitty with Bobby Kennedy paws. That’s how he sat, with his legs elegantly crossed. See Patricia, you just never know what your prose will conjure up. 🙂

    1. Maybe if at a younger age we understood respect romantic love would be more than attraction and romance and would be longer lasting and more fulfilling.

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