And respecting yourself is respecting others!
Times are changing. The expectations from younger generation to show respect to older people has started to fade away. One human being, showing respect to another, who is a colleague, a senior or junior to him/her is a phenomenon which no longer is in practice? Or are these all isolated incidents with no Co-relation to actual life?
What sort of behavior we expect from people around us. Do we hold them to the same standards which we practice ourselves? And what are our standards? Do we really know how we will react in any given situation? And do we know how to answer these questions?
Well that was a bushel load of questions! And where to look for the answers?
How do we respect ourselves;
This would be the first step. A healthy respect for our own selves, tempered by a dose of critical review of our habits and attitudes is good. Self adoration and whitewashing our negative personality traits is not recommended. So our respect for what and who we are has to be based on reality, not on an allusion.
It follows the same principle as loving or liking our own personality. If we don’t like, love or respect ourselves than how can we expect others to do so?
Having developed a healthy relationship of respect with ourselves, we now move to the reason for giving considerations to those around us.
A human being is the best creation of God. All human deserve to be shown courtesy. All are equal and have to be treated as such. There is more regard shown to those whom we acknowledge to be superior to us due to their age or experience. But worldly things like wealth, position or power do not entitle people for extra consideration as most of them seem to think.
How do we interpret this in everyday life;
First of all we define our own standards of behavior. All of us admit that giving respect is a way to receive it. A person with good values is seen as someone to be honored and venerated. That is what we teach to our kids and the young ones, because kids learn more from seeing than listening. Taking it from this point, we show our regard and esteem for others and they will do the same.
That is how I see this issue. How do you look at it?
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