Respect versus regard
Whatís the difference? Most dictionaries give them almost the same meaning. This is my thought.
To me, respect implies reverence and integrity. Regard, although very close to respect, doesnít hold the same meaning in my eyes. I feel like holding someone in high regard does not always come with respecting them.
I hold people that lead us in regard because of their position. That certainly doesnít mean I respect some of them as leaders. Whatís the saying? Respect the office even if you donít respect the person? We have gotten away from that. While itís perfectly acceptable to debate, to speak out against wrong, to work for the greater good Ė we have diluted those rights into a collective "right" to bash others. All of us are different Ė we hold different values, we have different dreams and plans for our lives, we have different ideas on how to achieve our goals. That doesnít give us the right to degrade the character of others. Believe me, we degrade our own character with perfect precision daily! It seems hard for us to differentiate between a person and what they "do". Yes, most of the time,what we "do" reflects who we are. But not always, not in every circumstance.
I donít usually voice political ideas publicly (well, at least not outside my tight circle of family and friends). Heck, itís not even a major election year for all of us. But, maybe now is the time to bring this up Ė when there arenít crazy emotions in the way. This country was founded on lively debate, on a desire to be free to choose. We are blessed to be Americans and live in this great land. But, itís time to reflect on where we have been heading as a nation. Sadly, we find it perfectly acceptable to call each other names, to spread rumors as truth, to embellish information that is not flashy into some sensational headline grabbing just off center "truth" because it sells news.
Stop it! Why do we accept that kind of behavior in adults when we claim to teach our children the importance of respect and encourage them to help others?
Think about that. If we taught our children how to disagree peacefully, weíd all be better off.
Be the blessing to others by speaking the truth with grace and a humble attitude. You just might be amazed at the results