This i Believe in Respect

Steven - San Diego, California
Entered on May 4, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: respect

“This I believe” that respect is a wonderful thing. From the day I have been born I have always been taught the phrase that has slowly dimmed away over time. “You must give respect in order to receive respect.” From this phrase I have become the person I am today, and even though I am not perfect I try to let that phrase point me in the right direction.

I believe that respect is everything, and it is one thing that a person can give to everybody. Respect shows so much about a person, as well as what kind of person they are. Respect is the core of life, friends, accomplices, family, and everybody else you may associate with.

As a child and the baby of the family, I have had the privilege of being disrespected and made fun of all of my life by my older brother who had no thought of me, but as a loser of his hurtful games and corrupting jokes that would make me wonder why God gave me him as a brother. I understood that it’s what a little brother must go through, because what older sibling does not mess around with a younger one. I knew deep down inside he did respect and love me under all the armor and toughness of being a big brother. But this respect was lost very quickly when the respect was never present. All I ever seen was disrespect, and that alone filled my brain of hatred towards him. Even though I knew he loved me deep down inside, the fact of never hearing it or ever being showed it, made me think different. When that happened I lost respect for him. I grew up the next couple years living my life with the mindset of “I don’t have a brother”. I hated him and stopped caring for him. To me he no longer existed.

This story is an example of disrespect that I have experienced and I carry it with me as a tool to remember to always respect people, even family. It has been a while now and I love my brother as we are each other’s best friends now. Respect has been shown and things have turned around completely for the best. Respect goes a long way, and it shows the true person inside. Respect to me is everything and without it there contains no life.

Respect is something that is important to me and I take it really serious because I respect everybody for who they are, and all I can do is hope for the same.

“This I believe, respect is the core of love, truth, and honor.”