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  1. k'Care-Reena

    HOW DO I SHOW MY RESPECT FOR OTHERS? HOW IS IT A MUTUALLY FULFILLING GIFT?

    I show my respect for others by listening and not judging, doing so is a mutually fulfilling gift because what we give others we get in return. I also accept others which allows me to accept myself.

    1 year ago
  2. M
    Mike

    Increasingly, by trying to listen to everything others have to say instead of interrupting with the first responses that occur to me. This practice seems to be inviting an empathy I have long lacked.

    1 year ago
  3. O.Christina

    Through listening carefully and deeply, trying to understand my fellow people; through being present for others and taking care of the ones in need; through meeting others with loving kindness and gratitude. Usually people feel the good intention and reply in kind.

    1 year ago
  4. Don Jones

    These days, it is guided by quiet, gentleness and mindfulness. The ripples are virtually non-existent now – just like a cloud drifting by.

    1 year ago
  5. KC

    As I practice self-respect, rooting in, clarifying and returning to my own values (daily!), I am able to show respect for others and the Earth. I am inspired by a favourite quote from Georgia O’keefe ‘It takes a kind of a nerve, and a lot of hard, hard work!’

    Showing up and being fully present without judgement helps too. 🌞🐌🌱

    1 year ago
  6. Hot Sauce

    I show my respect for others by thinking about their needs and wants before I act. So, for instance, in a conflict, before I lose my temper or say something I’ll regret, I try to reflect, “If I was the other person, how would I want me to react?” This is a mutually fulfilling gift because, when I show respect for others, they are more likely to respect me as well.

    1 year ago
    1. devy

      Love this..! Reminds me to “bite my tongue” and walk away if necessary..

      1 year ago
  7. Cathie

    Respect is freely given, yet trust is earned: that is how it was explained to me.
    To show respect is to acknowledge a person’s existence by greeting them, listening without always jumping in, giving up seats to elderly or folks who need them more than you, offering to help when you see the need.
    You respect their humanity – not your perception of them.
    Respect for a persons humanness is mutually fulfilling because when someone demonstrates their respect for me, it makes me feel alive.

    1 year ago
    1. KC

      ‘Respect is freely given, yet trust is earned’. Thank you Cathie. That is such a helpful and healthy distinction!

      1 year ago
  8. Holly in Ohio

    Today I am deeply thankful to my mother, who taught me how to respect all people with little things she said to me…

    When we were living in Oaxaca, where the indigenous peoples were often disrespected, she taught me to never think of them as unclean. She said, “Even though their floors are of dirt, you see they sweep them twice a day.”

    She taught me to see people of any illness with respect and compassion, “Never be ashamed of any natural thing about the body,” was one of the things she said.

    She would talk to everybody, no matter how old and infirmed, no matter how uneducated and poor, and not with condescension but with true interest and equality.

    Thank you, mom.

    You have given me the gift of many friends and a wholeness to humanity.

    1 year ago
    1. Mica

      Wow, Holly – how wonderful!

      1 year ago
  9. pkr

    How do I show respect to others, by treating them as I want to be treated. Respect for myself in turn means respect for others. 🙏❤️

    1 year ago
  10. Elaine

    We are in a pandemic.. Respect for others involves listening to our scientists and public health officials and following the protocols they mandate or recommend.
    We are in a climate emergency. Respect for “others” – the whole of creation – means reducing consumption, stopping extraction, turning our priorities instead toward regeneration. There’s a chance we can save Mother Earth – what a gift that would be.

    1 year ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      Thank you, Elaine, for reminding me that our actions also speak our respect for others and for our earth.

      1 year ago
    2. Linda

      Well said, Elaine.

      1 year ago
      1. Elaine

        Thank you Linda 😊

        1 year ago
  11. tipanee

    By being present….

    1 year ago
    1. Palm

      So true…

      1 year ago
  12. Kevin

    I can only hope that the way in which I honor and value the mutual existence of other people around me will be afforded to me as well by folks unknown to me throughout my day.

    That said, however, I don’t treat or interact with other people in a particular way because I am expecting a kind of payback, or quid pro quo, if you will, that in some way benefits me in the end. How I see, hear, and experience my sisters and brothers, whether around the corner or around the globe simply is what it is. It somehow completes my own humanity in a way that is both unique and mysterious that is not easily expressed with words.

    1 year ago
  13. Nelson

    By paying attention. Nowadays, it’s can be difficult to have a conversation – in person, on the phone, or through Zoom – with someone who isn’t distracted by their phones. Or multitasking. Or thinking of something and not being present. I include myself in this as I get distracted too. So I make an active effort to be present. Make eye contact. Genuinely listen. Not have my camera off during a video conference call so they could see they’re actually talking to a person, not to a blank screen. It’s how I would like to be treated if I’m sharing my thoughts. The energy is totally different when both people are present and engaged. We both feel heard, valued, seen, and understood.

    1 year ago
  14. Carol

    The following quote came to mind:”The single biggest thing I learned was from an indigenous elder of Cherokee descent, Stan Rushworth, who reminded me of the difference between a Western settlers mindset of “I have rights” and an indigenous mindset of “I have obligations.” Instead of thinking that I am born with rights, I choose to think that I am born with obligations to serve past, present and future generations, and the planet herself.” It contains a perspective that respects all of creation. If we could embrace such a mindset, it would heal the world.

    1 year ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      That is beautiful. 🌺

      1 year ago
    2. sparrow

      Well said,
      dear Carol,
      from Stan Rushworth . . .
      it is a mindshift that I both welcome & embrace
      with love…
      sparrow ♥

      1 year ago
    3. Mica

      Wonderful, Carol – I’ve put that quote in my gratefulness doc

      1 year ago
  15. sunnypatti48317

    I show respect for others by treating them the way I want to be treated myself. That means showing up, being present, lending an ear, offering a hug, holding the door, letting someone into traffic or a grocery line, smiling at others. We get what we give, so that’s how this is a mutually fulfilling gift.

    1 year ago
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