Respect is a word that many use, but few seem to really understand.  Merriam-Webster defines it as giving high or special regard as the 3rd definition.    The first 2 definitions include referencing a particular thing or event and an act of giving particular attention.  The respect I am speaking of is the high or special regard according to this dictionary.  Here is my dilemma:  do we actually use the word the way the dictionary does?  If we do, then why do we seem to all define it a little differently?

I have heard so many people, male and female, complain about not being respected.  Whether it’s by their boss, by their kids or by their spouse, lack of respect seems to be a major issue for many people.  We all seem to have a strong need/desire to feel respected.  We want to be respected personally and professionally.  Here’s my dilemma: when I ask people what it means to be respected, I get varying answers and some people say, “I don’t know right now, but I will know it when it happens.”

So, here is my question for today:  What does it mean to you to be respected?  Do you feel that you are respected?  This can be personally, professionally or both.

These are questions that are leading me to what I consider an important discussion about the most important type of respect, self-respect!  That’s up next time.  So consider the questions and shoot me some responses.  You can respond by email to or go to the Beacon Professional Counseling Facebook page where I will also post these questions.  I look forward to “hearing” what people have to say!

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