-By Dr Ahmed Adam
What is Respect?
Respect means to pay special attention to someone
Respect means to show consideration;
Respect means to avoid intruding upon others;
Respect means to avoid trampling on the rights of others;
Respect means to honour someone;
Respect means to hold someone in the highest estimation;
Respect means to have an attitude of gratitude
Respect means courtesy, good manners, helpfulness,
caring, kindness, generosity, honesty and love
If this is Respect, then.
I respect my Parents by holding my silence and recall how they cherished me in childhood
I respect my Children by boosting their self-esteem and encouraging them to spread their wings and fly and not discouraging them
I respect my Marriage partner by displaying acts of kindness and help without expecting anything in return
I respect my Neighbour by ensuring that they have bread on their table, for how can I sleep when my neighbour is hungry?
I respect my Teachers by listening, paying attention and asking questions because we are joint partners in developing my brain
I respect my Pupils by honouring their different learning styles and developing their unique brain intelligence and talents
I respect my Customers by smiling warmly and helping them quickly with full attention because the customer is paying my salary
I respect my Staff by showing that I care because loyal and honest staff are hard to find and they are the hidden treasures of a company
I respect my Boss by helping the company achieve its vision, mission and goals because my job feeds my family
I respect the Environment (water, soil, air, street) by not polluting it because I want to leave behind a better world for the next generation
I respect the Animals, birds, plants, insects and fish by protecting them and not harming them, because we are all part of one cosmic whole
I respect my fellow Drivers by giving them the right of way through courtesy and alertness so that I do not harm others through my negligence.
I pray for the safety of my fellow travellers
I respect the Poor by maintaining their dignity and not humiliating them when I offer my charity
I respect my Country by serving its people because there is always someone who is worse off than me
I respect all Human beings irrespective of race, gender, colour, religion, ethnic origin or disability by looking at the warm inner form
and not the deceptive outer form
I respect the opinions of others by showing tolerance because the world is my mirror – to change the world I need to change myself
Most importantly, I respect Myself by acknowledging that I am a unique and special Creation of God and as such, I honour my uniqueness. I give dignity to myself irrespective of other people’s opinions of me or my bank balance because there is no price tag to my dignity. I will not do anything that will bring shame to my community, my business, my school, my country, my religion or myself. I can only respect others, when I respect myself to the highest estimation of my soul, by developing my character, manners, conduct, morality and ethical values.