How To Show Respect
How is it that some people lack the certain skills of showing RESPECT to others? were they not taught it, do they not care, are they focused solely on themselves and are not aware of their actions (or lack there of) that comes off as rude and disrespectful? Is it one of those ‘common sense’ ideas that not all people have?… like they were just not born with it and have a hard time recognizing ones own actions and thoughts? It baffles me sometimes when people show disrespect and don’t catch themselves to apologize or even worse complain about the person they just disrespected like it’s their fault… my goodness, let’s learn about respect so we can teach it and hopefully get these disrespectful people to have an epiphany and make a change for the better… maybe they just need a list of respectful examples that they can follow, you know… spell it out…
The Definition of Respect: admiration for someone or something that you believe has good ideas or qualities: the polite attitude shown toward someone or something that you considerimportant: Respects are polite expressions of greeting or sympathy. Cambridge Dictionary Now that we know what respect is let’s take a look at a few examples to showing respect in our daily lives…
How true Winnie the Pooh!
The List Of Respectful Actions!
- Follow through with what you say you’re going to do (do as you say!) Time is of the essence, when you make plans to call, meet up, send a letter/fax/email/whatever to someone, know that their time is of value/importance. When you cancel repeatedly you are showing a disrespect to that person by not caring about their time and their feelings.
- Show gratitude. When someone goes out of their way to help you or if they do ANYTHING nice for you it is best to thank them each and every time.
- Compliment the achievements of others. Learn to recognize when other people put forth extra effort and achieve something, so make sure you praise them for it with sincerity. WikiHow
- Be GENUINE in your thoughts and actions. ( Personally this is a HUGE IMPORTANT one for me). If you come off as insincere, meaning you are not speaking or acting from the goodness of your heart it only goes to show you are NOT honest which directly correlates to not being trustworthy… A snowball effect here!
- Give back. Help others ‘in need’ whether they ask for it or you simply just want to help by offering your assistance. Pay it forward people!
- …And since I brought up helping others, we also have to respect other peoples abilities by allowing them to do things on their own when we know they are fully capable of doing so (let them prove themselves!)
- LISTEN… and I mean fully listen by paying attention with active listening skills. And when they’ve paused a moment ask questions to show you value their opinions/thoughts.
- Show EMPATHY. Caring for other peoples feelings/emotions is important to showing respect. When you think about it respect = caring, and when you care for someone you’re bound to do what’s right and follow everything on this list with ease.
- If you happen to disagree make sure you express it in a respectful way. ‘I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree on this certain topic, OR I understand your point of view but I see it a little different from yours and that’s okay… we don’t always have to agree on everything.’
- Respect yourself. How on earth can you respect others if you don’t respect yourself? you can’t! So drop the self-pity/victim role, eat/sleep/exercise right, stand up for yourself, set those goals that you want to achieve and work hard to accomplish them. Love thy self!
- Do not Judge others. Judging a book by its cover is the wrong approach… Instead, open it, dig in, read it and get to know the person before making an opinion of them.
…And there you have it! Respect is what makes the world a better place (just imagine if everyone were respectful… how would it look and feel? Great! I think!) But trying to change everyone in the world to become respectful seems close to impossible, but we’ll never know if we don’t try… Start with yourself and help convey this message with others around you, from family to friends, and even those random people you don’t know by name. Let’s make this a snowball effect… R-E-S-P-E-C-T!
Take care readers!
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