Respect is like air if it’s present you don’t notice it but when it’s absent, it’s of great concern. The safety of those I care for requires that I have respect for the treatment being given and the protocols that help to manage those treatments. Consideration for my patient’s rights demands that I am honest even with those for whom I have high regard. It can be challenging to speak up when the doctor is held in high esteem, but the safety of my patients requires me to communicate. Being respectful and honest at the same time is part of the art of communication, and it keeps my patients safe.
The desire to feel the esteem of others necessitates that I consistently show the same for others and value their dignity while I work to maintain standards of excellence and ability. If I don’t feel respected, it’s difficult for me to focus on what’s really important and I can lose my focus. Remaining conscious of the ways respect for and from others is given and received is worth considering.
I know the regard or consideration that I show to others will usually be reciprocated. Even though circumstances may frustrate me, a desire to show respect will keep things balanced. I want my patients to know that I respect their feelings and even their right to privacy at times. It fosters a sense of emotional safety.
Love Divine, fill me with a vital concern for the dignity of every person I meet. Always showing respect, may I experience the same in my day to day life. Give me the courage to be a leader in the ways that preserve the dignity and rights of all people especially those whom I serve. AMEN.
ACTION: Think about the ways being respectful helps us maintain emotional safety. How often do you think about respect in your place of work or your home? What adjustments might be made? Who can you speak with about the topic?