Respect is one of the most important Benedictine values for me because it defines how well a person is raised. Although respect has been known as acting good to others, in my own point of view, it is more than that. As what the caption of my poster says: “One word, thousand meaning.” Respect can mean so many things and as the poster portrays it, some of the examples are:
Respect for Elders. Giving respect to the elders where it is a must to listen to what they have to say because you know that it is for your own good and benefit. You see to it that their advices are being taken into consideration because it is always helpful to know good things from those who are already experienced.
Respect at Work. No matter how good you are, it is always important to give respect to your colleagues and co-workers. In the business world, respect is also being used to give proper way of communicating, and creating bond with different people. It is certain that each and every one of us has different capabilities and understanding in the corporate world is a must to show professionalism.
Respect for Love. Of course, you have to respect the meaning of love and it also goes for marriage and relationship. In order for love to grow and relationships to get deeper, respect for one another should be valued. Knowing each other’s capability and limitation, strengths and weaknesses, and loving each other for those imperfections is indeed a sign of love, and true love is bound by respect for one another.
Respect to Culture. Every one of us has the right to be as comfortable as possible especially in the environment that we live day by day. Respect to one’s beliefs and culture is important because it is a sign of maturity and openness. We all have our own traditions and we should treasure them and respect others’ as well. This includes respecting other races too.
Respect for Earth. Giving respect to the Earth means to give it the importance that it needs. The world today is suffering because of us and it is the time to act all together as one in order to save our mother earth.
Respect to Life. Life is always good because God gave it to us. It is a must that we enjoy our lives and live our dreams to the fullest. We should respect each and everyone’s right to life. No matter how bad a person is, he has the right to live. Only God can judge a person. Respect to life also entails the right for freedom and living with our goals and dreams, sexuality, capability, and many more.
Respect to God. Last but not the least; we must learn to respect God. We should always thank him that we wake up every day safe and sound, that we are blessed with many things and so much more. Respect the different religions that exists in this world and know that God is ubiquitous. No matter what your religion is, one thing is for sure: God wants us to be in good hands.
These are just some of the examples that I believe embodies what the true meaning of Respect is. Respect is more than what everybody else thinks for it is as important as how we live our everyday lives. Learn to respect because it opens us for opportunity, maturity, growth and personal development.