Respect is a Two Way Street

Carolyn Portanova
Feb 22, 2017 · 2 min read

I think this goes without saying, but apparently there are some out there who need to take the Human Decency Driver’s Ed course again.

Respect is not a one way street. It’s not optional. It’s not given out to those who deserve it most. If you’re a human, you are expected to treat your fellow humans with kindness, fairness, honesty and RESPECT. End of discussion.

I’m one of those humans who repeatedly, and I mean REPEATEDLY, give people the benefit of the doubt. I forgive easily. I put anger and hurt behind me. I move forward. I don’t hold onto grudges, and I treat others the way I want to be treated. I mentally put myself in someone else’s shoes and walk the proverbial mile, as best I can. If I don’t do this, I cannot possibly understand their path or their feelings, and give them the proper respect they deserve.

Recently, I’ve been reminded that there are those who do not understand the concept of respect. It’s clearly lost on them. They pretend to be intelligent, caring, giving individuals, but it’s only for brief periods of time. They behave as a respectful human being one moment, only to turn on a dime and treat others quite poorly. This type of behavior is simply unacceptable. It took me many life lessons to learn that this is not the way you treat others. It never ends favorably.

ALL humans are loving creatures who crave attention, affection, admiration and RESPECT. It’s not a carrot you dangle in front of someone for “good behavior”. It is a necessary and integral part of ALL human interactions and relationships.

If you find you’re one of those one way street drivers, you may be headed for a collision with a driver coming the wrong way. Keep that in mind the next time you decide to dangle respect in front of someone.

Carolyn Portanova

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