Wednesday, June 15, 2011

My Philosophy: Part Two

Treat everyone with respect, even if you have no respect for them.

27 comments:

Sarah said...

I like this--I get really frustrated when people say, "I'll show him respect when he shows me respect," because someone has to take the first step!

Geoff said...

Sarah - Nice point. Keeping respect in mind no matter how you're treated is a good way to go through life.

This doesn't mean you have to like everyone, it just means that you're better prepared to deal with life with a level-head. Respect, self-control, tact... these are things we need to embrace again.

Jessica Bell said...

lol. Yes. I have to admit, I'm a little guilty of not doing this. But it's usually due to a long history of disappointments ...

Candyland said...

That's good to know, though I don't respect hardly anyone so this will be hard :)

Candyland said...

That's good to know, though I don't respect hardly anyone so this will be hard :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

So true. I'm an attorney and believe me I have to follow this one many times even if I don't want to.

Talli Roland said...

That's a hard thing to do... but I try!

Old Kitty said...

But I'm allowed to blow raspberries behind their backs right?? right?!?! Just one little one?!?! They will never know!!!

:-)

Take care
x

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I use this line on my kids all the time. Hopefully it will eventually stick.

Great philosophy, Matt. :D

Heather Kelly said...

Nice.

Bee said...

It's clever..but kinda difficult in practice ;)

Thanks for dropping by my blog. Now I'm your newest follower. Heh.

Em-Musing said...

Treating someone with respect even if you have no respect for them doesn't mean you're a punk, it just means you have more class..well...at least that's what I tell myself when I want to *expletive* at them.

Suzie F. said...

This is one I try to follow as well though it can be difficult at times.

Have a good one, Matt!

Rebecca Kiel said...

I think this is an important one. The tricky part is when you get to someone who is cruel. But if you stay at the human level, I think all humans deserve respect. It does not mean that there are not different boundaries to hold with different people. That creepy guy from "Silence of the Lambs" obviously needs more boundaries around him that my grandmother, but respect is fundamental.

Liza said...

Oh yes. This is a difficult one, but necessary, really.

Melissa Sarno said...

Oh boy, that's a tough one. I have to work on that :-)

Michael G-G said...

It is indeed a tough one. But I was the son of a diplomat, and learned it at my father's knee.

Matt, you are one away from 700 followers! 'Nother excuse for a party, I'd say!!!

Bryan Russell (Ink) said...

Does this mean I have to get rid of the voodoo dolls?

Bryce Daniels said...

I like what you are doing this week, Matt.

You've proven that, indeed, less is more.

Have a good one.

Lost.in.Idaho said...

But what if they have different political values than I do? My party says to hate and revile those who don't drink the same kool-aid as I do...

Jeffrey Beesler said...

It goes almost without saying that I have the utmost respect for you, Matthew!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Just like do unto others.

Hart Johnson said...

Yeah--it helps me to remember even really horrible or difficult people are acting out of SOMEWHERE--something learned, or some damage done. It's easier to be respectful for me if I tap that compassion.

K. M. Walton said...

Stellar words to live by. And I do everything in my power to do so. Kindness begets kindness that's for sure.

Unless you mess with my kids or my mom. Look out then.

Steve C said...

I can respect that.

Angela Ackerman said...

Wise, wise words. :)

LynNerd said...

Profound and short. I like it!