Respect

My grandparents’ generation had it in abundance. My generation also had its fair share. From a very early age, although I wasn’t consciously aware that I had respect, that is exactly what I had. It was part of me.

Respect is a little word with big implications if used in its rightful context. I don’t know whether it’s just me, but the old-fashioned values seem to be a thing of the past with new generations who simply choose to follow their own rules.

Society seems to have gone the same way. We would have more time for each other, would understand each other better and would feel less intimated by how others react, choose to behave and how they make us feel. The world would function better.

Respect is a critical part of maintaining inter-personal relationships. It’s important we respect other people’s efforts, opinions and abilities, even if we don’t or can’t always agree. For those of us who still continue to instill and use respect, never give up. I believe things come full circle as long as the foundations have been put in place.

It is said that good things come to those who wait. Often it takes for it to work its way through, but eventually I believe it does.


11 Aug, 2014

6 thoughts on “Respect

  1. Yes I was raised to respect others and I raised my children the same way, but that doesn’t mean it will happen.

    My youngest daughter dated a guy once that said he didn’t have respect for anyone because no one respected him. I believe you have to respect others to get respect for yourself.

  2. I have always said that respect is earned. It’s not a right that we feel we can rely upon and it can easily be lost through thoughtlessness and our actions.

    I can remember looking at a school for our son when he was 5 and all the children in the school said ‘good morning’ to us and stood to one side as we walked up the main staircase. That level of respect really appealed to me and it was an important aspect of us choosing that school over the one where a child was playing under a desk, when we had a look around one classroom!

    I agree that current generations of children do seem to have forgotten basic principles of respect as if it isn’t important anymore. As with many aspects of behaviour, one has to question how much (or indeed how little) respect is taught at home nowadays.

    1. I agree with you. Some parents but not all will have probably watered down some of our basic values. Perhaps society also has a lot to do with it.

      It seems to be a sign of the times, but I’m not sure why it has to be. It just takes a little effort to instill even the most basic values into our children.

  3. Respect is probably one of the most important words in our language. The world is on fire today because of lack of respect for people and nations.

    But I find it incredibly easy to dignify people with respect and I hope more people are civilized enough to understand that.

    1. I hope they are too Tim. Respect should be the most important words in our language, but without implementing respect it becomes completely worthless, as do other words.

      If we all dignified people with respect and those people were respectful back, I am sure the world would be a better place in which to live. I agree with you when you say ‘the world is on fire today because of a lack of respect for people and nations.’

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