The Power of Respect
“Respect is Love in action”
“Respect other people’s feelings, even if it does not mean anything to you, it could mean everything to them.”
We have heard many quotes like these at some point of time in our lives, but have we actually made an effort to know what it means to you?
Let’s see what Google has to say about the word RESPECT: a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements OR admire (someone or something) deeply, as a result of their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
Does this give you any clarity in feeling or seeing what respect is in your mind?
What is respect for you? Have you ever asked this question to yourself? Respect is such a profound term that it cannot be restricted or bound by a few definitions taken from Google or Oxford dictionary. It is what you feel and express through your gestures for someone such as letting your female friend talk about her likes and dislikes of the type of make up or it could be listening to your male friend speak endlessly about how Ronaldo swings the football.
My definition of respect might differ from what Google has to explain. For me the intensity of respect is driven by the type of relationship I have with the person and how much I am willing to accept them as they are and giving them a space to be their own true authentic self without attributing or labelling their behavior. It is the level of admiration, and fear that makes it more deeply rooted in me for a particular person.
Here I’ll tell you all my example of how respect differs for me, the two most important people in my life are my dad and my teacher. I respect and love both of them immensely, the only difference is I fear my dad because there is a responsibility that lies with me which has to be kept intact, and with my teacher it is the shear open communication and understanding that puts a thought in my mind “even if I do something wrong she will not judge me, instead she will empathize and understand me”, this mindset has given me a freedom of committing mistakes and then asking for forgiveness which led me into various forms of guilt, realization, and learning.
The value respect holds in our life is far deeper and crucial than we can ever realize, but as we say it’s never too late to understand and communicate.
Large number of people have one of their terminal value (the basic driver of their behavior) as Respect (including myself), that motivates them to refrain from situations where their respect is at stake and leads them towards placess where their values are respected.
“Maybe it’s not about knowing it all, it’s about diving into the unknown and experiencing it yourself”
I am Poorva Bhatia and this sentence explains my entire being, because I am a person who would want to learn by going through the experience, implement it and let the Lotus of wisdom blossom in form of my Inner Transformation.