21 Ways to Recirculate Respect in Our Culture This Year

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Last year brought out the ugly in people. Make no mistake, those putrid waters already lurked below the surface, but all restraint was thrown off as people ridiculed, shamed, trolled and blasted people over differing opinions and perspectives. Whether the topic involves COVID, politics, religion, or parenting, we need to regain a sense of maturity and professionalism in our culture. The lack of it embarrasses me. As as we teach our children how to be the “bigger man” and show kindness and strength in the midst of ignorance and blasphemy, we too must show the same mercy and self-control.

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Here’s a list I’ve been working on that I want my kids (as well as myself) to implement in their lives:

  1. Always say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. Show kindness even if the other person is rude.
  2. Apologize for your part. Even if it’s only 10% of the problem.
  3. Do the right thing, even when no one is looking. Be a person of integrity.
  4. Choose the right heroes and be someone’s hero. Mentor, encourage, and lead with truth and mercy.
  5. Prioritize family (parents, siblings, etc.)
  6. Don’t say anything on social media you wouldn’t say directly to someone’s face.
  7. Don’t patronize, belittle, or bully, and be super cautious about using sarcasm.
  8. Do what you say you will do.
  9. Work hard and play hard.
  10. Remember that life is fleeting and you aren’t that important.
  11. Be a risk-taker and try challenging things.
  12. Defend the defenseless.
  13. Don’t act like you have it all together. Be authentic and real.
  14. Choose good friends and initiate time with them. They are a treasure worth valuing.
  15. Recognize that sometimes there’s a season to all things: jobs, places, relationships. Grieve and then move on with joyful hope.
  16. Be thankful. Gratitude is the fastest cure for the complaints.
  17. Be accountable to others and take loving criticism seriously. You need someone to help you see your blind spots.
  18. Leave the world a better place.
  19. I am third (God first, people second, me last)
  20. Remember that God loves all people, even those people who annoy you.
  21. Point all glory back to Him. He is the reason we live and move and have our being.
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