By Vernalee
Respect, just like love, is something that we sometimes just don’t show enough of or there is just too little of … which brings me to its definition.
“Respect is a feeling of admiration or deference toward a person, group, ideal, or indeed almost any entity or concept, as well as specific actions and conduct representative of that esteem. Respect can also be a specific feeling of regard for the actual qualities of the one respected.”
Respect is one of those words that has duality. It can be a noun or a verb. Respect can also be both given and/or received. It is earned. It is taught. Physical expressions, actions, and conduct can be exemplied based upon respect. Thus making it synonymous with the word. People salute flags; bow down in certain cultures; or say “Yes Ma’am, Yes Sir” out of respect.
Though not complicated, basic respect is difficult for many folks. Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin set their demands to music; asking their mates to find out what R-E-S-P-E-C-T meant to them and to give them their respect when they come home. Interesting, many folks expect to receive what they refuse to give. Respect is one of those emotions that flows both ways. Let’s not forget self respect. How you feel about yourself extends to how you treat others. Another interesting point to the definition is that if you don’t respect someone or something, you’re disrespectful. The opposite of respect is disrespect. There is no middle ground between the two. Either you do or don’t.
Reflective of home training, respect never grows old. Just a little bit will take you far! For those unbelievers or skeptics, try it! Respect others as you want them to respect you. It’s golden just like the rule!
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