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  • Writer's pictureIlaria Cadoni

Let's respect each other



Let's take a moment to reflect on the value of respect and how it affects our lives.

 

What exactly is respect?

 

It's a word that we hear quite often, but it carries immense meaning, value, and emotion. This topic is linked to many important issues, but first, it's important to understand the concept of respect, its underlying emotions, connections, and bonds. Respect is an attitude that involves avoiding offending others and showing care, interest, and consideration towards people, animals, the environment, and everything else around us.

 

When do we feel disrespected?

 

We may feel disrespected when our feelings are hurt, when we don't receive the proper attention and value, or when our words and behaviors are not given the appropriate weight in conversations and relationships.

 

For all this, empathetic communication is necessary.

Respect means seeing the other, listening to him, welcoming him, expressing one's thoughts consciously in dialogue.Let's assume we have a box in our hands knowing that there is something fragile inside, we must handle it with care so as not to break its contents. In the meantime we have to transport it and pass it on to another person, while keeping what is stored inside.This requires commitment and attention, but without dialogue with those we meet, how can we pass the "box" while preserving the contents?It would be difficult.

 

In any type of relationship between adults, between children, and between adults and children, the lack of conversation does not allow us to get to know each other, understand each other, and discuss constructively. Saying what you think, wish, want or simply don't like doesn't hurt the other person if said using kind words.

The intentionality of our verbal expressions accompanied by body gestures that indicate openness toward the interlocutor certainly predisposes us to confrontation.

 

How is this possible?

 

Let's begin with ourselves. We must learn to respect our own thoughts and ideas and have the courage to share them with others using education and tolerance. Instead of engaging in conflicts, let's steer the conversation towards a constructive exchange. Let's participate in discussions without any biases or imposing our own views on others. We should embrace differing opinions and ideas, and then make our own decisions based on what we've learned.

 

What if we feel “hurt” by the lack of respect?

 

This feeling arises when we adopt a closed attitude, as if to protect ourselves from what does not align with our thoughts, or when we use aggressive behavior to impose our ideas. When we explain to the listener why we feel a particular state of mind, it indicates our ability to appreciate and express it. Words are always the most powerful tool in relationships, which must be accompanied by equally valid and coherent actions. We often claim to have respect, but sometimes we are not willing to take that extra step towards the other person. Kindness can help us understand situations, moments, actions, and responses that we don't agree with or don't understand. Each of us, in our own small way, can be a spokesperson for kindness, care, and respect towards others.

 

Education to respect

 

Is a core value that we should strive to cultivate throughout our lives. We can nurture it through small gestures, the language we use, and by welcoming others. By developing our ability to create relationships based on equality, fairness, tolerance, kindness, and respect for differences, we can reflect on our relationships with ourselves and others. We can also propose different perspectives through empathetic communication to handle situations we may encounter.

Let's consider children as they may not always have the necessary tools to differentiate between right and wrong. Their way of communicating, even on a physical level, may be abrupt and impetuous. Sometimes, they may simply want attention. However, once they become aware that they can achieve their goals through other means of language and behavior, they put it into practice and strive to improve every day. As adults, it's crucial to set a good example for our children, whether it's at home, work, or during our daily routines. Let's learn together to demonstrate respect, kindness, and tolerance. By doing so, we can promote positive actions and encourage discussion and comparison.

As adults, we can learn a lot from children. They have a unique perspective on the world and can approach situations with a sense of wonder and curiosity. Children are often genuine in expressing their emotions and have a natural ability to apologize and move forward after a misunderstanding. They also believe that a simple kiss can heal everything, which is a beautiful life philosophy. However, children also learn from us. They observe and imitate our behaviors, and we have the opportunity to teach them about respect in the small things that make up our daily lives.

 

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