Many people go through their lives giving and receiving respect from others, although only realise that it is present in their lives when someone manages to eliminate it from their actions. Many people think they know what respect is, but don’t know how to define it. Others hear the word, but don't know how to go about showing it.
Respect is the sense of worth or personal value that you attach to someone or something.
Personally, I believe that all respect begins with self-respect. Having self-respect and self-worth means giving and defining your own worth and value as a human being. Being honest, learning to listen and learning when to accept personal responsibility in your life can help you to achieve your own self-respect: as how can you respect others or expect them to respect you if you cannot respect yourself?
However, respect for others includes respecting those with whom you already have a relationship and those with whom you do not. Both are equally important, as they play a significant role when preserving and fostering existing relationships and when meeting new people, applying and starting new jobs or starting new schools. When interacting with others it is vital that you listen to their opinions and regardless of whether or not you agree, to allow them to express their ideas.
If you give respect to others, you can expect to receive respect back. Inevitably, your level of respect for others will vary from person to person but the bottom line is, that everyone deserves respect.
As Bono once said, ‘To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.’