By Dr. Khalid Al-Maneef
A man once witnessed a strange scene at an American airport. He saw a businessman shouting at a porter and insulting him. The porter did not say anything and waited until the businessman got his boarding card and headed to the airplane. The man asked the porter why he tolerated the businessman’s insults. The porter answered: “It’s easy. The businessman is heading to New York but his luggage will go to Austin, Texas.”
This is what happens when someone insults another person and does not respect them. The English preacher Charles Spurgeon, who lived in the 19th century, once said: “Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.” This is the best way to show that you appreciate people. A well-known Muslim scholar once said: “Acquiring a little politeness is better than acquiring much knowledge.” These quotes tell us that if we do not appreciate and respect the people around us, no one will show us respect. People with high self-esteem tend to respect others more because they are usually easygoing and love to treat others with respect.
Here are some tips that can help you show more appreciation and respect to others. Treat all people, regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion or sex, equally and be respectful to them. Praise someone’s strengths and say nice things about the perfume or clothes they wear. Jump to help someone when they need it badly and always talk to them nicely without using improper language or expressions.
Show respect for someone’s privacy and do not impose on them. Always be punctual when you have an appointment with someone. Show others that they are important to you and always smile when you see them.