“A person’s a person, no matter how small” — Dr Seuss.
In my opinion, Dr Seuss has cut to the core of the complex concept of respect. That is, we each need to develop an awareness and sensitivity to every person’s rights to appropriate treatment, big and small.
However, should you wish to be more technical in your exploration of the meaning of respect, then you will unveil a number of interpretations, not to mention a warning that what constitutes respect is culturally specific.
Respect can be obvious by simply observing a person’s behaviour or hidden under the surface within a person’s attitude, values and belief system. These last are the essence of respect and governs the foundational laws of respect. At times these laws are within the unconscious level of the person.
To further complicate our understanding there are some schools of thought that suggest you must respect yourself before you can begin to respect others. Self-respect can be described as being aware and proud of your unique qualities and/or achievements. Hence, knowing your worth and value.
Do you know your worth and value within the workplace and in your relationships? Even if you do know this are you consciously aware of your attitude, values and beliefs regarding the concept of respect?
I suggest you spare some time to gain some awareness and share your thoughts with others. Or, perhaps make 2016 your year for exploring self-esteem and attend a course in this area.
Take care, though, to differentiate between gaining attention, or approval and gaining respect. There is no such thing as bad respect.
Trust is built upon respect and whether it be co-workers, friends or lovers, if you have respect you have the key to success in most areas of life. ☐