R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Find out what it means to me. R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Take care, TCB! The great Aretha Franklin told us to give her a little respect. Respect. Such a small word with so many different meanings for so many different people. It’s amazing when you hear people talking about it. You hear it especially around the kids in the neighborhood schools. We demand it of others toward us, but do we give it to other people? When I knew I was going to start blogging a bit, this is definitely one of the topics I knew I had to talk about. I was raised to show respect toward other people. I was never raised to demand it back from anyone. Now, don’t get me wrong, my parents didn’t tell me to go out and tell people, “You have to respect me”. It was just always assumed by the generation that raised me that they were raised in the same way and that if you gave people respect, you would get respect too because people were raised the same way they were. It doesn’t take long sitting around and listening to conversations or just observing society in general that people are not being raised the same way I was raised. It drives me crazy driving down the road and watching the way people drive. They demand their own way. They drive slow in the left lane making people pass in the right lane. They are simply either oblivious to what is happening around them or they just don’t care about other people at all. Either way, I see it as a sign of no respect. These are the same people that will tailgate you and blow the horn at you if you cause them to wait 2 seconds after a traffic light turns green. They are also the ones that will turn left behind you and you stay in your lane and attempt to get over to the right after making your turn but they decide to zip around you and pass you on the right. They just simply have no respect. So, how did we get here and is there any way of going back?
Respect is given, not taken
Some people think Respect is something they’ve earned by being born and they demand it. But, it is kind of a two-edged sword. Because someone is a human being, created by God, they do deserve respect. But respect is something that is given freely and not demanded. If you DEMAND that I respect you, I’m not going to respect you because you are demanding it of me. The fact that you are demanding respect probably means you don’t deserve it. Time for a check-up from the neck-up. But, if you respect me, my natural inclination is to give you respect back. Something as simple as holding a door open for someone has gone away. If I see someone behind me and I have just opened the door, I hold it open for them even if it causes me to have to wait a few seconds. But, I have held the door open for people and then, have them walk past me and not even say thank you while I’m holding the door. No respect at all. Oh, and another one of my pet peeves is going through a drive-thru at a restaurant. I am spending my money there to give the people a job. Then, they hand me my food and I say Thank You and they say No Problem. Well, I surely HOPE it’s no problem. Or the other thing is they say is Have a Good One. I’m not sure what One is, but I do want it to be Good. How hard is it to say Thank You for eating here when you hand me my food for goodness sakes? One of my sons works at Chick-Fil-A. When you say thank you, they reply with “My Pleasure.” I LOVE that!! We’ve lost so much respect in our society for other people as well as the institutions that our Country was founded on. When we lose respect for God and others, is there any doubt that we are also going to be losing respect for ourselves?
Respect your Body
We’ve lost respect for everything. If we treated our cars the way we treat our bodies, they would be broken down beside the road most of the time. Cars can’t repair themselves the way our bodies can. If we didn’t do routine maintenance to the cars with oil changes, filter changes, tire rotations etc. as well as repairs when needed, we would end up walking everywhere we went. Why do we think we can get away with no respect for our bodies then? It just makes sense to me that respect should spill over into every area of our lives. We have only been given one body. So, why do we mistreat it so badly? It boils down to a lack of respect and just pure laziness. Most people don’t want to go to a gym and they don’t know what else to do. But we have a lot of great programs that would be easy to do at home and are fun to do. We’ve taken all of the guess work out of getting in shape. You don’t have to be an underwear model to be in shape. You simply have to put good stuff in your body and move. I can help you start your fitness journey and we can get you moving in baby steps. Respect your body. So many good things come from that when you start doing things for yourself.
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