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How Do You Respond?

When exactly did being disrespectful become the new norm? The news, social media and personal conversations indicate that public disrespect seems to be all the rage these days. We repeatedly see people verbally and physically disrespecting each other in stores, on the street, on planes, in politics, online and in our workplaces.

Sadly, a very recent study by Portland State University pointed to the fact that the more we see and experience people being disrespectful, the more likely we are to behave disrespectfully too.

So what can we do about it?

We too often assume that when someone does or says something that we consider disrespectful, they must have done it intentionally. Yet most people may not intend to be deliberately disrespectful.

Maybe they were not feeling well, or perhaps they just received some bad news?? By pausing and thinking of what might have been the impetus for their actions, it helps to prevent ourselves from also saying or doing something disrespectful and thus continuing the cycle.

I am always humbled by the words of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Mother Teresa, DO IT ANYWAY ...


This Week's Focus:

This week, do your best to be an example of spreading peace instead of continuing the cycle of disrespect. FORGIVE, BE KIND, BE HONEST, BE SINCERE, BE HAPPY, DO GOOD, and GIVE YOUR BEST.

Click on the serenity sticky to print, cut and post on your bathroom mirror to remind you of this week's focus. Good luck!

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