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It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
-- Ursula K. Le Guin
 

 

Saturday, April 17, 1999

Respect

When you show disrespect toward someone, what does it get you? Absolutely nothing. It is a foolish waste of your time and effort.

On the other hand, when you show respect toward others, you in turn become more respected. Do other people “deserve” your respect? Not always. But respect is not some kind of award that is yours to grant. Rather, it is a means of communication and understanding.

By showing disrespect, you’re investing yourself in the weakness of others. Why would you want to do that? Those toward whom you act with respect will show respect for you, and that can open many doors.

Invest in the strength of your own respect. You can certainly respect others without having to agree with the things they say or do. In fact, respectful disagreement can be a powerful catalyst for growth and achievement.

Think with respect, speak with respect, and act with respect toward others. It will surely make you more respected, and that’s something which can pay steady dividends for a long time to come.?

— Ralph Marston

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