Honesty and Respect - Manisha Deora

Honesty is not just about telling the truth, it's about being real with yourself and others about who you are, what you want and what you need to live your most authentic life. Honesty promotes openness, empowers us and enables us to develop consistency in how we present the facts. Honesty sharpens our perception and allows us to observe everything around us with clarity. Honesty has its advantages and disadvantages. This is normal. It is like the fact that if white exists; black must also exist in order to contrast. The good thing about being honest is that people keep their ideals and show who they are. They do not lie because of the fear of being judged. The disadvantage of being honest is that it will hurt others and that it might break up relations. Sometimes, people do not want to hear the truth and they get upset with the person that is telling them the truth.
Honesty is the main reason to trust a person. It is the instrument to talk with the truth and win other’s trust. A person that has won its friend's trust, is a person that is honest. The society, as well as its family members, will have confidence and feel that they can rely on the person.
Most people go through life and always hear about the word respect, but they don't know what it means. Respect is the esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person. There are things in life you need to hold in respect. Respect for yourself, respect for others and respect for property. Being respected by important people in our lives teaches us how to be respectful toward others.
Respect means that you accept somebody for who they are, even when they’re different from you or you don’t agree with them. Respect in your relationships builds feelings of trust, safety, and well being. It is essential to feel safe, to be able to express ourselves without fear of being judged, humiliated or discriminated against. Being respectful of others, being respected and respecting ourselves increases our self-esteem, self-efficacy, mental health, and well-being.
One of the best ways of showing respect to others is listening. Listening to another person's point of view is an excellent way of respect. We must allow a person to express his views even if we disagree with them. Another important aspect of respecting others is religious or political views.
Manisha Deora
The Fabindia School

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