Monday, October 3, 2011

Day 117 ~ R...E...S...P...E...C...T...

Blinking cursor... blinking cursor... blinking cursor... for the last twenty minutes all I have been staring at is the blinking cursor while trying to find some inspiration for tonight's post.

I tell you... all I need to do is turn to facebook... and VOILA!  Presto!  WHAM-O!!  Inspiration!!

When I took a break from the blinking cursor dilemma, I decided to check out what was going on... there was something I read in regards to children, motherhood and life in general that got me thinking... hmmm...  

Why is it, [in general] a "person", whilst in the process of growing up, does not recognize the importance of their parents or the times they should have interacted with them more, until... more often than not, it's too late.  Is it a "right of passage" per say?

When the day comes that a person comes to the realization that they should have been paying more attention to life around them, their parents included... or even perhaps stopping long enough to embrace it all... is that the day that they have "grown up"... ??? 

I don't know if you want to call it a "right of passage" ... better yet, seems more like it's one of "life's cycles" to me.

Whatever you want to call it... there is something to be said for the lack of respect that today's generation shows their elders.  

What does respect have to do with this?   It has everything to do with this... If our children realized what we did for them, it seems that respect would be automatic.  They would practice it, slow down and embrace their parents and family more... with a sense of loyalty in tow as well.   Is it our fault as parents?   ... or ...  Is it the times that we are in?  

This certainly did not occur in my day, let alone in my predecessor's generation or earlier... well... come to think of it... we all used to get beat!  SO did we show our elders respect? ... or was it fear? ... the fear that we would get the "switch", "rod" or "belt"?  (wink, wink~ bringing back any memories?

All kidding aside... there is something to be said for having "loving-respect" for your family.  Respect is a funny "thing"... it goes both ways... just as you are selective in handing respect out, the other person can be more so.  

What would happen if you showed your children the same respect you yourself expected?   hmmmm... that would be interesting... 

Probably no greater honor can come to any man than the respect of his colleagues.   ~Cary Grant

The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.    ~  Benjamin Franklin

Each of you must respect your mother and father, and you must observe my Sabbaths. I am the LORD your God.    ~  Leviticus 19:3

Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the LORD.    ~  Leviticus 19:32

Blessings to all!!

248 days to go...

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