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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Act Respectful

“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” ~ Albert Einstein ~

The concept of respect can be difficult.   What is respect?  It seems to be different for everyone.  What are the behaviors? Take the time to really think about it and make a list.  Do you live up to those standards that you just listed or is this just what you expect of others?  You want respect but do you give it equally?  Rare is the person or organization that doesn't acknowledge respect as a value in some form or another.  Yet, it still seems to be elusive. If everyone decided to begin to act respectful on an everyday basis to all people then that would be a simple way for everyone to receive respect. 

You may think that some people don't deserve your respect.  Perhaps, but it doesn't mean they can't be treated with respect.  When you refuse to treat others respectfully you, in turn, become just like them and don't deserve respectful treatment yourself.  Mindful leaders rise above poor behavior and do the right thing.

1. Close your eyes
2. Breathe
3. Empty your mind
4. As thoughts come in, acknowledge and whisk them away
5. Focus on your breathing
6. Think about the affirmation:

I act respectful to everyone. 

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