There are 8 areas in life where you should show respect. I have outlined them in this lesson.
When you show respect in these 8 areas it would help you to achieve your goals in life, faster. It would leave a great legacy for you, your family name and your children to come. People would speak highly of you; with great regard for you. Respect would help you to find favour with others, as well, and also open doors for members of your family; they too, would benefit from the respect you show.
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Two of the Oxford Dictionary meanings for the word ‘Respect’ are:
- Due regard for the feelings, rights, and wishes of others.
- A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievement.
This reminds me of the popular, inspirational verse, “…do unto others as you would have them do to you.”
How would you like others to treat you – how would you like them to speak to you, and about you?
There are 3 kinds of Respect:
- Respect for others
- Respect for other peoples’ property or belongings
Respect should be shown in the following areas:
- Show respect for yourself –
If you don’t respect yourself how can you respect others?
How do you show respect for yourself?
You show respect for yourself when you don’t do things which would hurt you physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually. Things like: Consuming drugs, not taking enough sleep, feeding on the wrong foods…doing things which could hurt your body, self-esteem, thinking and good beliefs.
- Respect your elders –
According to http://freedictionary.com the meaning of the word ‘elder is:
- An older person.
- An older, influential member of a family, tribe, or community.
- One of the governing officers of a church, often having pastoral or teaching functions.
Do you show respect for your parents or guardians - The elders you live with? Or do you flagrantly disobey them, give them backchat, show them disrespectful facial or hand gestures, or even worse hit them?
God has placed parents in your life to provide for you, to guide you, to teach you right from wrong, to help you gain life-skills and adopt essential values. If you disrespect them, you are disrespecting a much higher authority: God. And violating a major commandment, "Honour your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.”
Exodus 20:12 (New International Version Bible)
They have more experience than you; they usually have more knowledge than you do and they have connections which you don’t.
Most of the times they tell you to do or not do something is because they are doing it for your own benefit. To help you not hurt you.
- Respect your leaders
4. Respect your peers – people who are of the same age group as you are.
- Respect other peoples’ belongings –
You might look at others and tend to envy what they have. The word envy means to desire to have a quality, possession, or other desirable thing belonging to (someone else): To desire what belongs to others. This is what causes someone to steal or take what does not belong to them – what belongs to others.
What you do not know is: All that glitter is not gold; as the cliché says.
You don’t know how those persons had achieved what they have. How much hardships, sacrifices, sleepless nights, long hours of work, commitment, discipline, creativity, etc. they went through or demonstrated to get what they have. And even if they inherited it, someone else had to sacrifice the same.
You can achieve the same, too.
The question is: Are you willing to make the same sacrifices they made?
Be happy for others when they have achieved some major goal or milestone in their life.
The entire world is before you, as well - Filled with opportunities, prospects and good things for the person who would pay the price to receive them.
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