Can you define honor? No? Perhaps you can name honorable individuals or professions. No? Perhaps you can describe a time when you were treated honorably. No?
In a culture where self-interest, self-promotion and self-preservation are valued and taught. Honorable behavior is becoming a relic from the past. As evidenced by Americans lack of concern and disgust when a politician, athlete, celebrity, minister or corporation is exposed for unethical or criminal behavior.
This absence of honor has created a world where rudeness, vulgarity and insensitivity rule. Where every facet of an individual’s life— personally and professionally has or will be adversely affected by dishonorable behavior.
What can you begin doing today to inoculate others and you from the rudeness epidemic? Act honorably. Refuse to look upon people as inferiors or a means to an end. Instead, acknowledge them as men and women worthy of honor— esteem… respect… value… admiration because they are made in the image of God.
- Agree to disagree and resolve disagreements civilly. The use of verbal or physical aggression should never be an option.
- Smile at others.
- Maintain eye contact.
- Engage in active listening.
- Share one’s time, talent and treasure with both family and strangers.
- Daily say to others— Please. Thank you. You’re welcome.
- Keep your promises. Let your yes be yes and your no be no.
This is not an exhaustive list by any means. So, what will you add to this “to do” list so that honor, not rudeness rules? A”to do” list that has to power to transform our world into a place where people are more valuable than possessions, prestige or position. Wouldn’t you agree that’s a “to do” list everyone should complete?
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Have a honorable day! Rita
Be the VOICE heard amidst the deafening sound of sameness!