"We live in a diverse society - in fact, a diverse world - and we must learn to live in peace and with respect for each other." — Stan Lee
It’s easy to show respect. We show respect when we value others, when we listen to their input, and appreciate their perspective. In a similar way, we show respect for ourselves when we stay true to our passion, when we take care of our body, when we speak our truth, and when we stick up for ourselves.
While it is easy to show respect, we also live in a world of people, and people like to complicate matters. There’s a lot of disrespecting going on this world, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, it doesn’t have to be difficult at all. If we don’t like what’s going on in the world then we have the power within ourselves to change the world, and we do that by changing ourselves.
People tend to do what people see, and if the people we come in contact with every day see us respecting ourselves and if they see us respecting others then they will be much more likely to not only mirror that same respect back but they’ll also be much more likely to pay that respect forward.
The Magic Word Respect reminds us that if we want to be a positive influence in our world then a little respect can go a long way, and perhaps the best place to start is with the person in the mirror.
How can you show more respect for yourself? And how will doing so affect the respect that you have for others?
Jonas Cain is an instructional designer, facilitator of fascination, and purveyor of positivity—helping to initiate and manage positive change for individual, team, and community growth.