Respecting others is a slippery slope.
We all want to be respected, but there are times the phrase is either misused or underutilized. So often we hear someone say something similar to, “They weren’t giving me my respect, so I….” This line is usually followed with explanation of some negative action given to the supposed offender. It is difficult to respect someone who hasn’t, (and doesn’t) earn our respect. The recent generations seem more concerned with having us all “respecting” them, but it’s difficult not to notice that often they don’t earn the respect they command. We are entitled to nothing we haven’t earned ourselves; that’s both figuratively and literally.
I often think of my grandfather’s generation where men and woman both knew they were responsible for their own actions. Their hands were rarely open to receive, but rather more often to give. A person’s word and a handshake was as good as a signed contract. If someone said they would be there at a specific time, they were. Rarely were there excuses and alibis. These were actions to be respected. For the most part, they seem to be a thing of the past. Let’s all work on that.
It appears that earning respect is as simple as: telling the truth, keeping your word, showing up when you are supposed to, and making decisions of integrity. Not always an easy road, but one that is… respected. Let us all do our best.