What does RESPECT mean to you?

My parents and grandparents taught me “the golden rule” which is to treat others as you wish to be treated. To me this means being aware of other peoples needs, showing compassion; patience; kindness; tolerance and respect. People change and grow when the time is right for them, just as you and I have reached each stage of our journey. We believe our way is right, and it is..for us, but we are not the other person so who are we to say what we think, feel and believe is best for them? And so we need to respect each person as the individual that they are.

With the word of the week being RESPECT, take this opportunity to practice being respectful towards others. Try some of these tips…
1. Accept individuals as they are not who you want them to be. We need to realize that there is no one person who can have every quality like a checklist. So accept and appreciate what each person has to offer.
2. Don’t be so quick to judge – whether you know someone or not, you don’t live their life, you don’t experience their emotions.
3. Remember not to control other’s. Not only would they not appreciate it, resentment will build, as will a lack of respect towards you.
4. It is important to respect culture, religion and communities of everyone you meet. We are all different. We can all learn from each other if we stay open and respectful.

You always have a choice. Ask yourself constantly “would I like this if someone did or said this to me?” You may not like someone but you should respect them and above all respect yourself. Don’t constantly put other people’s needs before your own… You are valuable and worthy of pleasing yourself. Don’t wait for someone else to make you happy…that’s for you to do and to experience. And you will see when you start respecting others more; being more tolerant; appreciative of what they have to offer; more compassionate about what they might be going through; less judgmental, you will find that you are actually a happier, more respected individual!

With my respect to you

Life happens – choose 2bepositive™

xo -kl



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