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Some of us poor souls craves for this virtue called RESPECT. Let me begin with the obvious, which is the fact that mostly everybody already know what this word means and what it entails. But, for some who are still not initiated with what respect means, allow me to share with you what its definition is, according to Mr. Webster. “Respect is a positive feeling of esteem or deference for a person or the condition of being esteemed or honored, an attitude of deference, admiration.’
Generally, respect starts at home and within ourselves. We respect everyone including people who are in authority, have more experience and are more accomplished than ourselves. There is a basic level of respect that most of us will agree is a right and does not need to be earned. However, in our present society, this basic right seems to have been lost in this pervasive turmoil of hatred and envy. So, for some people who wants to be respected, some authors have suggested ideas on how to be respected and how to be respectful. Here they are:”Treat other people the way you want to be treated. Be courteous and polite. Listen to what other people have to say. Don’t insult people, or make fun of them, or call them names. Don’t bully or pick on others. Don’t judge people before you get to know them. Never mention names and no character assassination in public forums or media”.
A very important aspect of achieving respect from others is knowing how to respect yourself first. Self respect is very important in developing a positive attitude. The way you feel about yourself can affect the way you treat others and your interaction with them. You may think that respecting yourself is simple, yet many people do not give themselves enough respect. The sad truth is that, if you don’t respect yourself, you may find that others may not have much respect for you either. You may also find that it is difficult to respect others when you don’t respect yourself. Respect starts with you, so first and foremost LEARN how to respect yourself.
It’s been said that being respectful is a very admirable trait and very rewarding. It sounds like the simplest thing in the world, but being truly respectful with others and with yourself can be a real challenge. Political correctness, being sensitive of other people’s feelings, and facing uncomfortable truths about yourself usually requires lots of patience, vigilance and hard work. Respect has an important role in your life, to a significant other, relative, or friend and the best thing to do is, practice it constantly. If you find yourself in a situation of disapproval from someone, for example, perhaps you need to learn how to stop being arrogant and be yourself in a position of positive influence instead. Most importantly, admit your errors in proper basic human relations so that you can forgive yourself and use those experiences to reinforce your determination to do better. You can’t fix what you don’t acknowledge as problems which are the lack of self-esteem, hatred and envy on the success of others. Self-respect and respect for others are like mirrors that reflects one’s personal image in society.