Our small community of writers gathers together this month at Spiritual Journey Thursday to explore the timely topic of respect offered by our host, Linda Mitchell.
Respect is a focal point in interpersonal relationships and personal identity. It is the basis for healthy living but there has been a rise of disrespect in the world. Incidences of disharmony have been recorded in newspapers. Evening news bulletins show areas of open strife that have led to violence. Hate, major misunderstandings, and ill will to others seem to be some causes. All of this saddens many. The lack of respect seen disrupts everyday living causing the downfall of positive relationships.
This year, adults will return to the workplace and students to their classroom from all different situations. How they interact with one another is a concern. A growth-minded viewpoint is key to creating an environment where all are encouraged to positively relate to one another, take risks, and thrive in joyful settings. How shall we proceed this year? Will will take on the banner of respect and make it our mantra? Shall we listen to the wisdom of scripture?
"Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord." - Romans 12:9-11
Shall we look to ancient philosophers, like Confucius, for guidance or the gentle wisdom of Mother Teresa?
"If a man is respectful, he will not be treated with insolence. If he is tolerant, he will win the multitude. If he is trustworthy in word, his fellow men will entrust him with responsibility. If he is quick, he will achieve results." -Confucius
"Works of love are always to accept and respect others." - Mother Teresa
As this year brings people back to the workplace and students to their classrooms, we are faced with the issue of how to create communities of joy where respect for one another leads to honoring all voices. This type of environment builds a safe community for all to coexist in peacefully. Are we ready to take on the mantra of respect for the betterment of society?
In 2019, poet-teacher Heidi Mordhorst introduced the definito poem form. It is a free verse poem of 8-12 lines (aimed at 8-12 year olds) that highlights wordplay as it demonstrates the meaning of a less common word, which always ends the poem. I deviated from the format by introducing a universal word that should be posted in every classroom and practiced in the workplace and homes.
a feeling of admiration
regard for one another in