Respect has nothing to do with approval or agreement so it never needs to be earned.
You may be the only one capable in the moment, of demonstrating respect. Will you bring it?
Have you ever found yourself saying “I’ve lost respect for him/her?” Describe the triggers that lead to this loss of respect for someone. Is it somehow related to approval or agreement?
“I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.” Jackie Robinson
So, let’s keep it real…how much does our like or dislike of someone impact upon our ability to treat them with respect?
Respect begins within our own hearts. Self-respect is the foundation from which we can authentically demonstrate respect for others.
What does self-respect look like for you?
Think about the situations where you feel challenged to demonstrate respect for yourself or others. What gets in the way?
Living with integrity makes it easier to remain respectful of others. Your authentic nature is wired for connection and lovingkindness. Being respectful of others is an action of one who has a deep level of self-respect.
That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong. William J.H. Boetcker
This is a tough one sometimes! Anyone else struggle with this?
Respect is easy to give when we agree with each other. Respect is a function of our shared humanity. It has to do with who we are as opposed to what we do. What role does respect play in conflict resolution?