What does it mean to respect others? Ourselves?
Respect means to honor and have esteem for another person due to admiration or authority.
Some of us learn respect as children, from our parents. Honor your father and your mother is one of the 10 commandments. We learn at an early age that we are not the center of the universe. Our parents have authority over us and have our best interests at heart. They are wiser and know a lot more than we do about almost everything.
Respect is about using good manners. It’s asking permission to do things. It’s about being courteous. We address people with the correct titles like Mr. & Mrs., Aunt & Uncle, thank you, yes sir, no sir.
We listen and obey people in authority such as law enforcement officers. We are not mouthy. We are courteous and yes, compliant, when we need to be.
When you show respect to others, they take notice. They will appreciate your respect and take an interest in you. They will respect you back, as well as give you added responsibility, which is a good thing. Sometimes you will receive praise and recognition for your efforts. When you honor those in higher authority, you show that you appreciate who they are and what they have to offer.
Tips for showing respect:
As parents you are responsible to teach your children respect for others, respect other people’s things, respect for themselves. Children should obey their parents cheerfully. Don’t allow them to talk back with attitude. You have the authority.
Honor your parents and grandparents who have lived longer and know a little more than you. The old adage, “With age comes wisdom,” has truth to it! There are so many things you can learn from older people: history, life experiences, manners, not to mention life skills.
Show respect to the people you are with by making eye contact when talking with them. Put down your phones and have an engaging conversation. Really listen to what others have to say. Hold open doors for elderly people. Give up your seat on the bus, so to speak.
Respect others when driving. Use care and caution. We all have a destination. Yours is not the most important.
Finally, make sure you show respect for yourself. Don’t let anyone abuse you or treat you badly. You are worthy of love and being treated well. Aren’t we all?
This week let’s list 5 ways in which we can show respect for others. Then ACT on them. Schedule it on your calendar.
Here’s the Respect Activity Sheet