- Memorial Day is now about hot dogs and hamburgers,
- Remembrance Day has buy-one-get-one sales,
- People look to cash in on ANZAC Day tours, and
- Easter is bunnies and chocolate eggs.
Parades, flags and church attendance have given way to parties, eating too much, and shopping. People have lost respect for the reason for these holidays.
Respect is also a vital part of the relational foundation upon which romance is built.
First, respect yourself. It’s another form of integrity and important to your relationship. Take care of yourself.
Secondly, it’s critical to treat your sweetheart with respect, admire and hold your sweetheart in high esteem. Aretha had it right when she belted out, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T., that’s what my baby needs from me.”
You can accomplish this by:
- Showing gratitude with unexpected calls or texts;
- Complimenting your sweetheart on their accomplishments;
- Being sincere in your interactions;
- Doing what you say you’ll do;
- Being courteous.
Your respect for your sweetheart is easy when things are good between the two of you. But when your sweetheart is having a rough day or makes a mistake, and you feel like criticizing or demeaning, your respect is critical and most tested.
Respect by itself isn’t what builds this second side of the relationship triangle upon which the romance triangle is built. You can have deep respect for and treat yourself and your sweetheart with respect, and still the relationship foundation will suffer.
Thirdly, the key is mutual respect. This is crucial to your relationship. Both of you must respect and treat the other with respect. Refrain from disrespecting the other. Highly value your sweetheart.
When both members of the relationship honor and respect the other, the relationship prospers, giving romance the foundation upon which to flourish.
For the sake of romance, bring mutual R-E-S-P-E-C-T into your relationship. Robert