“He who wants a rose must respect the thorn”
“You should respect each other and refrain from disputes; you should not like water and oil, repel, but should, like milk and water, mingle together”
“Have due regard for the feelings, wishes and rights of others” says the dictionary definition.
We’re all different. “We all have our funny little ways” said an insightful three year old.
Isn’t it amazing how many times the truth comes out of the mouths of the young? We do all have our funny little ways, and respecting the ways of others is an avenue to a peaceful life. It’s only when those ‘funny little ways’ impact negatively on your own life that trouble stirs.
So what should you do if this happens? Continue to respect the rights of the person to be who they are or challenge them, confront them, start a war?
Starting a war is never a good idea, and how many could’ve been prevented if only people were prepared to respect others, but being true to yourself, and respecting yourself is equally important.
People say respect is a two-way process; I respect you and you respect me. NOT, I respect you IF you respect me. But before we deserve respect from others we need to respect ourselves. So perhaps the ‘process’ is slightly more complex.
The famous Aretha Franklin song says “R-E-S-P-E-C-T Find out what it means to me”. On this second day of Advent, find out what respect means to you, and then find out what it means to others. Finding the way to respect others whilst maintaining dignity and respect for yourselves may lead to ironing out a few problems and preventing others from taking their place.