Respect, a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
Respect is what we feel and give – our country, law & justice, teachers, elders, family, truth, cultural traditions, environment & nature, professional life, others’ opinions & feelings, promises made & kept, and finally self–respect.
For me the connotations of respect are – Something to be earned, fragile & precious, and the most important element of any relationship.
Earned: It takes years to learn to live with dignity, right values, and ethics – respect is a natural outcome of right action. This applies to our personal, professional, and social lives.
Fragile & Precious: Fragile because it can be very easily cracked (as in losing our way) & Precious because it does not come easy and has to protected and sustained. Improving ourselves is a mission of a lifetime or perhaps many lifetimes.
Love & Relationships: If we look within we instinctively have the answer that there is no real love without respect. It is then probably our most sacred duty to value ourselves and others.
Respecting and observing nature reveals its secrets to us. Respecting life gives us an inner clarity that manifests in professional ventures and personal relationships. The knowledge that we are fulfilling our purpose in life, and working at constantly improving ourselves, in turn takes us towards spiritual growth and inner tranquillity.
“Whoever acts with respect will get respect.” – Rumi