How do I give respect?

I just read a really important article at aish.com by Sara Yoheved Rigler. One of the things she talks about there is respect. She asks the question, how does one give respect to another person? She writes:

How does one actually honor other people? The key is to validate their reality. Usually our own reality is so intrinsic to us that we dismiss other people’s reality as insignificant, flawed, or warped. To take a step back and allow another’s reality to prevail permits the other to feel his/her own importance. This is the essence of giving honor.”

Oh, it is so hard to do that! I usually feel the need to believe that my “reality” is the most real. You need a ton of confidence to be able to honestly validate someone else’s reality.

Oh, if only I could really do that.

By the way, doing this doesn’t only make you respect other people, it also helps you live a much calmer existence, not one where you’re constantly feeling the need to fight for your “reality”.

Advertisements

One thought on “How do I give respect?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s