Respect is a vital ingredient to any relationship. It is needed for a healthy relationship with self, partner, parent, spouse, child, neighbor, competitor, stranger, boss, employee and even enemy. (Yes. There are enemies who hate one another but still respect one another.)
I have encountered more disrespect in the past twenty hours than I think I am able to handle. I’ve had a lit cigarette flicked at me while the cigarette-flicker looked right at me, been lied to by a woman who “desperately needed to buy this stuff” so she could get back to her baby that she had locked in the house by himself….only to find that 2 boxes of green tea, some toy soldiers and a punch balloon were her emergency AND she had her 4 yr old boy in tow (I told her, “May God forgive you for lying to get ahead in life and setting a bad example for your son) and then when I went to buy a new coffee mug at a different store, the two employees there were more interested in playing Romeo to teenage girl Juliets that they volleyed back and forth as to who was going to help me and neither did. I complained LOUDLY to the owner and reminded him that if it weren’t for the customers that his employees refused to help they wouldn’t be needed to work there and that I would never shop there again.
My son “borrowed” my mp3 player without permission and took it into the bathroom to listen to it while he did his business…only somehow my mp3 player fell into his “business” before he flushed and now it and more than 140 songs I’d purchased are covered in poo and the circuits inside are fried because he “rinsed it off.”
I’ve been called upon to lift furniture and clean up a nasty dirty apartment by a woman who claims that she is my friend without warning and treated with disdain when I apologized and stated that I was not at home but in fact visiting a friend on the other side of town. I suppose she expected us to get up from the dinner table and run to her aid even though her own sisters, brother, mother and children refused to help her and she didn’t say a word to them.
People! Respect is key. The base of my marriage is respect. The reason that my husband and I have been happily married for 18+ years is because we respect each other and TREAT each other with respect. We do not call names in arguments and have never raised a hand one to another. EVER. My friends can attest to the fact that I treat them with respect 100% and that even if we are arguing, I respect secrets told to me and still don’t repeat them, even if the friendship ends. If I am wrong, I respect myself and friends enough to ADMIT IT and apologize.
Today, I feel that respect is something that I give to everyone right out of the gate and that I get very little to none in return. I am not a happy camper and due to the disrespect of my wishes and property by my son, I can’t even plug in my headphones and sing away my blues. Instead I’m hoping to “blog it out.” *sigh*
Go out of your way to treat others with respect today (and everyday.) It is a reflection of the respect you have for yourself as well as for others who share your planet.