Doesn’t it really bother you when people are disrespectful? I know, but don’t give it too much power; they’re just acting the way you do, sometimes. And at least their rudeness frees you from having to show them respect, right? Wrong! I know, the common understanding is that people have to “earn” our respect, but I respectfully disagree. I think of respect as a personal outlook that we develop, or we don’t, and a commodity that we give freely to all, or not so much. This means that we show respect to all people, regardless, simply because that’s the kind of person we have decided to be. Respect sees people as precious, no matter what package they come in, and as incredibly worthy and full of potential. It’s amazing what can be found deep within another when we search them with the right heart. Don’t wait for people to earn your respect, cultivate it on the inside, and then give it freely. Instead of insisting on it, act upon it, and then watch the magic begin. I am, as always, respectfully yours.
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