Respect

By , February 20, 2015 5:59 pm

Radio personality Rush Limbaugh has been in the news a lot over the years, and recently he’s reared his ugly head again. His entire premise in life seems to be just how disrespectful he can be to women. It’s obvious that he dislikes them and looks down on them because every time he opens his mouth, something vile against women spews forth. In short, he gives men a really bad name.
Singer Aretha Franklin had it right so many years ago when she sang R-E-S-P-E-C-T. It became an anthem of sorts for women all over the world in 1967. In the song, she sang about how she treated her man right and deserved his respect in the relationship. Oddly enough, this song was written by a man, none other than Otis Redding, who also recorded it in 1965 on the album, Otis Blue. When you really listen to the lyrics, you see that Otis may have truly understood how important respect is in a relationship and he, unlike, Limbaugh, gives men a GOOD name.
All of the above is to preface the fact that, in a relationship, respect for your partner is just as important as love. In fact, if you don’t respect your partner, then you don’t actually love her or him. That’s the sad truth. You can talk all you want about how much you love the person you’re with, but if you aren’t showing any respect for this person, you’re not in love. What you feel is more like ownership or something.
To have a successful relationship, respect is a vital element. This includes respect for the privacy, thoughts, opinions, feelings, and overall person that your partner has and is. If you’re snooping around in his or her things such as a journal or cell phone texts and phone calls, then you’re disrespecting that person. Yes, things are different when you’re part of a couple, but that doesn’t mean that both of you should lose your identity and rights that you have individually. Typically, in relationships, it’s only one person that loses these things to the other partner. Usually, at least one of the partners understands about respect.
Disrespect for your partner can come from many things but, usually, it’s something that you grew up seeing in your childhood home. If your own parents didn’t respect each other, or one of them didn’t respect the other one, you’re probably going to have some issues with that yourself. Keep in mind that disrespect can cause the demise of a relationship, so you may want to not revisit your past if that’s what you were exposed to because it’s harmful and not right.
Relationships need a healthy dose of respect from both partners if it’s going to succeed. Even those couples that stay together in spite of the lack of respect can’t count themselves in successful relationships. They stay together because they don’t really know what else to do.
Disrespect is hurtful and it kills love along with relationships. Someone should pass that along to Rush Limbaugh.

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