Where did the respect go or have we just been delusional?

                           

What can we expect right now from ourselves and others? Who and what do we respect? Do we fundamentally know about the fundamentals of respect?  I wonder…

Respect can simply be defined by how we treat or think about someone or something. Acts of kindness can be viewed as ways of displaying respect.  What does respect look like in our country currently and does it matter?  Yes, it matters greatly and more importantly gravely.

We all want our voices to be heard. Our thoughts and opinions say a lot about who we are.  When we feel unheard whether in a relationship or in the world at large it can feel painfully degrading. We raise our voices in protest and anger in hopes of being heard. Respecting one another is critical and essential as we navigate our current stormy seas.

Covid outbreaks are rising across the country by unacceptable and extraordinary numbers. We are experiencing and witnessing the virus spread like a runaway train. We are quickly losing control of this pandemic. Americans are suffering and dying in numbers beyond comprehension. We collectively have an opportunity to do the right thing. The time is now, and the hour is here…  

Wearing a mask is respectful. I wear a mask as I care about you and the people you will encounter.  Uniting together may well be our country’s bottom line. A deadly virus knows nothing of one’s political preferences.  Wearing a mask is not a statement for or against anyone’s personal rights but simply an inanimate object used to keep us all healthy and well while preventing the spread of the coronavirus.  Just because one may not like the answer to our crisis the narrative is not changing. Making a commitment to make a difference in someone else’s life is respect…

              ‘Respect is one of the greatest expressions of love.’ Miguel Angel Ruiz

Author: Elizabeth Ricketson

A graduate of Providence College with a BA in English, Elizabeth Ricketson has always had a love of literature and the fine arts. Elizabeth’s essays focus on life experiences and life in Vermont.

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