By Dr. Ja’Larna
Respect is something we all desire and want. Sometimes we expect it and sometimes we demand it. We introduced this topic at our September meeting with our mentees. Our definition of respect is the act showing kindness and considering others. We had the girls discuss how they should be respectful to others. Also, they had a lot to say about how disrespect looks and situations in which they have felt disrespected.
Our mission is for the girls and others to know that respect not only comes by what you say, but also by your actions. Respecting others regardless of race, gender, disabilities, or social status is a must. Essentially, it is a reflection of your character. Although you may be respectful, it does not guarantee that others will respect you in return. However, don’t let that deter you from doing what you know is best. Michelle Obama said it best; “When they go low, we go high.”
“Show respect even to people who dont’ deserve it; not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours.” -Dave Willis