RESPECT — Monday Motivational Meditation #363 — 2018-07-23

From Nursing Heart Inc on July 23, 2018; #363

Monday Motivational Meditation

One of the most sincere forms of respect
is actually listening to what another has to say.

Bryant H. McGill

Human potential thought leader, international bestselling author, activist, and social entrepreneur. He is one of the world’s top social media “influencers,” reaching a billion people a year. His prolific writings have been published in thousands of books and publications, including a New York Times bestselling series and a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller, read by over 60 million people.

A Native American man participates in a powwow dance at the Crow Fair in Crow Agency, Montana, on Aug. 20, 2016.


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?

About the Photographer

Calla Kessler


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This series is called, “Safety.” Once again this month’s themes are inspired by a book entitled, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan and Switzler. In health care we all know how important communication is to protect those to whom we offer care.

The leaders at the women’s cooperative “Ixoq Ajkeem” in San Juan la Laguna with Maggy Cholotio Mendoza (in blue), wife of late Nursing Heart friend Luis Cholotio.

Nursing Heart Friends,

This past week, I made my way to beautiful Lake Atitlán to visit with our friends in San Juan la Laguna. It was part of embracing the reality that the work of our dear friend, Luis Cholotio, who was tragically killed in an auto accident this spring had to continue. Along with being our guide, Luis made all the arrangements for our team members to visit the community.

The women at Ixoq Ajkeem, a lovely women’s cooperative, have provided a breakfast and weaving demonstration for many of the groups who have had an opportunity to visit there. Though the meeting was unplanned, the leadership of the cooperative were all there and they expressed their relief that we wanted to continue to work with them. They told me that they were wondering what would happen after the unfortunate events that took place.

Luis’ wife Maggy sincerely wants to continue his work. Nursing Heart will do all we can to support her as she enters into English study and works with another friend Salvador, who will be our English guide. It is a way for us to help her take those challenging steps of moving on with her life. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the many who donated to the fund to help Maggy. Nearly $2000 was collected and will be distributed incrementally through the year. All who donated should have received an email with a note of thanks from Maggy this past week.

The meeting caused me to reflect upon the fact that our organization tries to do more than simply solicit services for our visitors. We want to build relationships that foster trust and respect for each other. Thanks for helping us to do just that.


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Quote of the Week

“The greatest expression of love is respect.
Respecting yourself and respecting others is the secret of a happy life.”

Arturo Pedro Juan
Antigua, Guatemala

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