“There are two sorts of affection - the love of a woman you respect, and the love for the woman you love” ~Arthur Wing Pinero
Learning to respect someone or an idea has to be one of the hardest concepts to grasp. I may not agree with you or your actions or ideas, but I should always try to respect you.
When it comes to relationships (friends/family/lovers) I think the cornerstone of the relationship should include respect.
To define the word respect:
1. A feeling of appreciative, often deferential regard; esteem.
2. The state of being regarded with honor or esteem.
3. Willingness to show consideration or appreciation.
4. respects Polite expressions of consideration .
There are numerous ways to show respect. With me - I make a point to remind myself that everyone is human, with wishes and hopes and dreams and insecurities. I try really hard to listen, encourage, and even provide an honest response. I hold friends, family and my husband in high esteem. I choose these people very carefully (perhaps the family was not optional.)
I may not always agree - but I truly respect the human dignity of each person.
Do I always feel the mutual respect reciprocated? Not necessarily. I think too often many people believe a person should earn the respect first. I disagree. I think everyone deserves the respect - however, moving forward, the level of acceptance will be based upon their actions.
Evil dictators, racists, chauvinists, and people who are self involved and narcissistic are the exception to the rule. ;-)
Who do you respect the most?