We all know the song..."Find out what it means to me."
Personally I believe respect for others begins with SELF respect.
What am I rambling about, you ask.....
How can you respect anyone if you don't respect yourself?
If you have no pride in what you do or where you live or how you dress or conduct business?
Even if you DON'T respect yourself, it's not hard to respect others.
Here's a few ideas....
#1: Pick up after yourself (especially important living in a someone else's house!). Also important if you knock down something in a store, or a piece of clothing falls off the hanger as you put it back. Been trying on clothes? It may be OK to leave them in the dressing room, but PLEASE, not in a pile on the floor! Fold them neatly and leave them on the bench or chair or put them back on the hanger and the hanger on the hook!
I know people get paid to do this, but seriously folks....do you treat YOUR clothing that way?
#2: Turn off lights and make sure the doors are closed when you leave a room or house. This one is a given...right? Not necessarily, you'd be surprised at how many people 'forget' these simple basic manners.
#3: Respect your (and other people's) Time! Be on time or early but not late. Now I know things happen that are unavoidable and those instances are OK, but being habitually late is NOT Ok. It is rude and disrespectful of everyone else involved. If possible you should call or text the person who is waiting on you to let them know you're going to be late.
#4: Respect the silence. Turn your radio (or telephone, or alarm) down! Not everyone wants to hear the loud, banging noise or feel their car vibrate to YOUR music or hear your TV blaring all night or your alarm going off for 5 or 10 minutes and you not rousing enough to turn it off (and no, don't just hit the snooze button a million times - turn the darn thing off!) Why set it for 2 hours before you plan on getting out of bed anyway? UGH
#5: Be nice.... it's REALLY that simple. Just. Be. Nice. And. POLITE in your thoughts and in your words.
Not always easy I know, sometimes we bite our tongue but as our mamas and grandmothers used to say.... "If you can't say something nice, keep your mouth shut."
CONFESSION: I have to remind myself of this often.
#6: Be gracious, grateful and forgiving. Say please and Thank you. Show kindness and compassion wherever you go and to whomever you meet. No one is perfect and you don't know what someone may be going through.
#7: Respect boundaries. I'm not talking fences. Privacy, personal space, things told to you in confidence, and decisions of others are all forms of boundaries we should do our best not to cross.
If you've known me long or followed my blog you know I write with the aim of encouraging and uplifting. Today's post may not seem that way, but truly, if you think about it, should everyone practice these simple steps or keep in mind one word: Kindness, this world (over populated, crowded world) would be a much nicer and safer place.
Something to think about.
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