The Gift of Respect

Jul 30

Respect—the ability to see and celebrate the value in ourselves and others—is one of the six pillars of character. The gift of respect is invaluable, regardless of where you are—at home, at school, in your community, etc. When you respect those around you, they are more likely to not only return the favor but show it to others as well. Aside from making someone else feel valued, giving respect can be quite empowering. Especially considering you have the ability to start a ripple effect that flows outward reaching many more people.

Diversity breeds opportunity

We live in a diverse nation made up of different cultures, languages, races and backgrounds. It’s this kind of variety that can make our lives more interesting and provide opportunities for greater learning and growth—but only if we respect one another. Fortunately, respect is a universal characteristic; however, developing the capacity for it is a lifelong challenge.

Respect yourself, respect others

The phrase “you must first respect yourself in order to fully respect others” is true on all accounts. Like with adults, children build their sense of self-respect from their interactions with others. When they feel valued and appreciated, they grow to respect themselves and ultimately those around them as well. It allows a sense of maturity and enables them to grasp the greater concept of respect.

Take the time to give the gift of respect today and watch as the ripple effect takes place. When someone returns the favor, you will feel even better, especially if it comes from your students or kids.

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