Author of Cook, Talk, Love Simplifies the Definition of Respect in Terms of Relationships

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Respect is an essential ingredient for quality relationships at work and at home.

A New Definition of Respect Makes Relationships Easier

A New Definition of Respect Makes Relationships Easier

If we as a society were to honor one another, value one another, and be kind to one another, our focus is less on us and more on the other person. Imagine the relationship possibilities!

The wreck at the 2013 Daytona Race illustrates the danger of professional racing. The manner in which fans acted surrounding the injured while taking pictures of them, hampering rescue efforts, illustrates a sheer lack of respect for one another. Mark Jala, author of an upcoming book, sees a lack of respect epidemic in society and affecting relationships of all kinds. He takes a look at the definition of respect and offers insight how a simpler definition of respect can help relationships.

“Anyone who reads comments on blog or news sites will see unspeakable vitriol spewed from writers often hiding behind fake names and registration information. What makes someone attack another person in such personal ways?” asks Mr. Jala. He cites such lack of respect in other areas of life:

  •     Drivers at night are often faced by other drivers refusing to lower their high beams
  •     Drivers not using turn signals show lack of respect to drivers behind them
  •     Water-cooler and break-room gossip demeans husbands and wives
  •     Partners say and do things knowingly to hurt the other partner
  •     High school and college kids bully and harm weaker students and elderly citizens

Mr. Jala wrote an extensive article about the definition of respect and how it affects relationships on the Cook, Talk, Love blog. In the article he finds the standard definition of respect is lacking. While “an act of giving particular attention” or “high or special regard” are commonly quoted, a better explanation is offered by the Urban Dictionary. In a long paragraph, it uses phrases like “valuing each others points of views,” “being polite and kind always,” and “not gossiping about people or spreading lies.”

An often cited comment about respect is that respect is earned. Mr. Jala has this to say: “Respect is fluid. Once two people have any kind of relationship the amount of respect given or received will fluctuate depending on the quality of the relationship. However when two people meet for the first time, should they show respect to one another? The answer is a resounding yes. Relationships require respect. A better definition of respect is simply to show honor to another person. If we as a society were to honor one another, value one another, and be kind to one another, our focus is less on us and more on the other person. Imagine the relationship possibilities!”

Mark Jala writes for the Cook, Talk, Love blog and is writing his first book titled “Cook, Talk, Love – How to Nourish Family Relationships During Meal Time.” A free relationship building video series is available on the website. Mr. Jala can also be found on Facebook. Mr. Jala is available for interviews and speaking events.

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