You know the lyrics "R-E-S-P-E-C-T... find out what it means to me" but what does it mean to you anyway?
A lot of people want it, yet think they deserve "just because"... maybe just because they're the parent, or the boss, or a citizen... or whatever else is out there. But respect is a privilege, a gift, not a right.
Should you be respected? Absolutely! But only when you are respectable.
That means "when you are worthy of respect."
The good news is that it's easy to become respectable... and well worth the effort.
There's just a few things you need to do:
All you need to do is be respect-full... have respect, and show respect... for all of life around you... even those that have yet to earn it.
All you need to do is give it first. Never think that someone is so far below you that they don't deserve compassion and a helping hand. Never think that someone is doomed to their current condition or behavior.
All you need to do is be the living example that you expect in others. Don't wait for someone else to show you the way. Be the way for others to follow. Don't just stand there and point... show 'em how it's done.
All you need to do is earn it; every moment, every chance you get. Realize how precious and fragile Respect really is... and treat it accordingly.
Keep the light on!