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What Is Respect?

Updated on June 28, 2012
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Due to some experiences that have recently occurred in my life, I feel it relevant to share with all of my friends the vitality of showing respect to those whom we encounter in our everyday lives. Respect is not easy, but instead rather difficult; In the end however, if you choose to show it, blessings will blossom and all will have been worth it.

Do You Have It?

Many people claim to have it

Some even fake it well.

But when the mask is revealed

It sure ain't hard to tell.


Why is it so fleeting

This virtue we have here.

Maybe no one wants to work

Through sweat, toil, and tear.


Because you see, this virtue

Seldom have a firm grip.

If even a grip at all they have

Oftentimes, it will slip.


Respect must be earned is why

Doesn't happen overnight.

Most who claim to have it don't

Don't have what it takes-the might.


So let's look into this virtue

And see if we pass the test.

Do we really have respect

Or are we just like the rest.








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What Does It Look Like?

Showing esteem for one another

Although they may be different.

Aren't we all in this together

Or am I wrong-my friend?


Thinking of someone's feelings

Before you say those words.

Learning to hold your tongue

Or else they fly like birds.


Learning to say whats needed

But in a gentle tone.

There's no need to be a jerk

You'll reap what you have sown.


Honoring one another

By what we say and do.

Tis kind of like the golden rule,

It will come back to you.




To Lighten Up the Mood: Spin off of Aretha Franklin

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      WhydThatHappen 4 years ago

      Good hub, it reminds me of the song "Mask" by Iggy Pop.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Good job, Josh! You definitely get my esteem and respect for this one! voted up.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks why for stopping by! Yeah it does, good observation :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks midget for your comment and votes! :)

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      jean fd 4 years ago

      Respect does not come naturally but learned and practiced primarily at home. It goes hand in hand with humility. You made a nice description of it, Josh.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks jean for the compliment! :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi J. Been late on this one..I'm busy with the upcoming tribute, and Im sure you'll like it :)

      Good job on this one, I like your poetry, very friendly and easy to absorb.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      No problem! Aww, really? Yeah, I can't wait to read it! When will i get done? Thanks for the compliment!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hey J.. check it now! :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I want it to be a surprise in the morning :.)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hahaha! okay, sure thing! first hub on the morning :)

      Nyty nyt J

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Yes for sure first hub I read in the morning :) Goodnight M

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      myownlife 4 years ago from london

      Awesome, Honesty is the best policy, great hub fren.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      Respect is like air, someone once told me. It is love in a different form. Josh, well done on this piece. The cadence of the words are pleasant to read aloud and the message is so needed.

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      Annie Fenn 4 years ago from Australia

      It does seem to be fleeting and can be shown in one instance and destroyed in another. Those who don't show it don't get it in return and yet like you say, all it takes is "Thinking of someone's feelings, Before you say those words".

      Beautiful poetry, love your words, my votes and best wishes to you and sharing.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I remember being a very young person. I was taught to respect my elders. When you are an emerging adult it can be a difficult task to do this when elders are not respectful or worthy of it in return. There is a need to find a balance there as personalities and mannerisms are cemented. Great poem with deep implications. Sharing!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Josh, This is an awesome reminder to respect each other. In my opinion it doesn't matter if someone is a few days old or 100 years old... everyone, everywhere should be respected. Respect their space, their self, their belongings. If not I believe the karma bus will pay the violators a visit. FYI...Aretha Franklin's RESPECT song is now stuck in my head ;)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      R-E-S-P-E-C-T!!

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      Civil War Bob 4 years ago from Glenside, Pennsylvania

      Josh, good hub...reminded me of Galatians 6...voted up, useful, beautiful, interesting. Enjoy your weekend!

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      Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Josh: Thank you for this reminder. Respect is something earned, not something simply doled out. It is simple to like someone, but to have respect for someone is not so simple.

      One other thing, "Fear" does not equal "Respect"

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      shiningirisheyes 4 years ago

      Josh - This is a wonderful representation of what is really imortant in life. To pen such a wonderful, important write is worthy is well.

      I remember reading those words "here's my first attempt at a poem" and look at all you've woven since then. You have an artistic eye for not only outting the words together beautifully, the subjects you write about are so meaningful.

      Glad you are here.

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Josh, this is great and timely. I am sure most of us have seen the 68 year old woman who was a bus monitor on a middle school bus being bullied. IT was horrible. Respect others and respect your elders. Sorry if this went a bit off topic, but when I read your poem, I thought of her and what she went through.

      Great Hub! Votes and shared. :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A very timely hub and well-written, nephew! Sorry about what happened earlier today but I'm proud of you and you are a great addition to HubPages. Wonderful piece of writing!

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      Angelme566 4 years ago

      To give respect to others , one must have it first. So beautiful lines in here..Voted up and shared.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love this, Josh. Perfect! Sharing it!

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Respect is so important. Well written Josh.

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      Michelle Taylor 4 years ago from New Jersey

      "There's no need to be a jerk/You'll reap what you have sown." Simply love it! Too many people expect respect from others and don't give it in return. Voted way way up!

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      Ashish Joshi 4 years ago from India

      Respect is something we must command, and not demand...

      Nice hub Josh.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks myownlife for stopping by!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Julie that is so true, thanks for that, and thanks for the read and compliment.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Fennelseed, thanks so much for reading and giving me such a wonderful compliment!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Hey Tammy, my new hubfriend :) Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks sunshine, yes respect should be shown to everyone no matter the age; and I think it is awesome you have the song stuck in your head, because that was my goal, lol. Have a great day!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks midg for reading!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      CWB, thanks for reading and all the votes, you have a great weekend as well!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Yes, thanks Dave for that insight, I totally agree, thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Aww, shining, that was so encouraging, thank you so much! I really appreciate it, people like you are the reason I keep writing poetry, because of the loyalty and encouragemnet, thanks again shining!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Respect is an honorable trait. Voted up awesome and sharing.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Sue, no problem thanks for reading and for the votes and encouragement!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks Bill for that encouragement, and it's ok it happens, just got to move on and and forget about it. Thanks Bill!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks Angel for reading and commenting!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks Victoria for stopping by!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thank you very much Christy! :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Exactly Michelle, so true, thanks for reading and commenting! :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks ashish! :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Doctor, thanks for reading voting and sharing!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      A great message, son. You will definitely be a great teacher and leader. :) Voted up and more.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Awww, thanks so much mom! That really encouraged me, I really appreciate your loyalty TT! :)

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      Melissa Flagg 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      Fantastic hub! Totally sharing it!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Aww, thanks Melissa! :)

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Respect is important, perhaps as important as compassion?

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks Audrey, yes I think so!

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      Joyce Haragsim 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I love this poem about Respect it is important in our lives. It keeps us feeling good.

      Voted up awesome and interesting, Joyce.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Thank you for voting as well :)

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      respect... interesting subject... Martin Kloess 33

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      What are your thoughts?

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      josh3418,

      Respect in adults sometimes has to be earned. I am sure we have all encountered adults who lack respect for others. It is something that should be taught to everyone at an early age. And when it is not I do not mind telling the person of their lack of respect to others.

      I loved this hub you did a great job.

      Your Hub Friend,

      Bobbi

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks so much Bobbi, yes respect has to be earned!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Very nice poem, Fairy Godson! You've come a long way in a very short while. This poem comes from your heart, I can tell. It reads smoothly and the point is driven with each word. No frolic, no games, just the truth.

      I'm pleased to see your growth. We all have a lot to learn in our literary path and the path of life. There's a tremendous amount of help, belief and faith in this community. You're living proof! Look how many people have taken you under their wing because of the promise we see.

      You've spent much of your young life helping hold others up and be strong. We see that and respect that. Now, it's your turn my young friend. Be appreciative that it's been discovered while you have many years to perfect your talent and strive for your dream. For many of us, it has come late in life and we (I) find ourselves scrambling to reach our dreams.

      You belong in the arena of helping others, as you have determined yourself to be a youth counselor. Your writings will serve twofold: you will also touch and counsel those of us who have already made mistakes and are striving for a good, respectful way of life.

      You, my Fairy Godson, have earned my respect. Maybe you no longer need a Fairy Godmother?

      P.S. If you don't mind my asking, what happened earlier today? Email me if you'd rather not share with all...

      LOL,

      Shauna aka Fairy Godmother

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks so much brave, I really appreciate you stopping by and the fact taht you leave such wonderful and insightful comments, it means a lot to me. You have been such a great support for me, you have no idea! :) All of my hub family have been so supportive and encouraging, and for that I am temendoussly grateful!

      Oh, you can still be my fairy godmother for sure! :) Haha ok I will email you with the details, I think I know what you are talking about :)

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      Crazzy Kylex © 2012 4 years ago from Incredible India!

      Loved how you began, let the hook flow and end up on a question hovering over the mind of the readers. Lovely, awesome, superb! You're worth a writer to follow! Voted Up and appreciated

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, I appreciate it! Thanks for the vote as well.

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      Ann1Az2 4 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Josh, we also have to respect ourselves before we can respect others. A hub that needed to be written, my friend! Voted up.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks Ann! I appreciate you reading and commenting, yes exactly right! Thanks for the vote as well!

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      Shubhangi Joshi 4 years ago

      I agree..earning respect takes a lot of effort and a clear conscience. Voted up! A refreshing hub :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks so much Joshi, I appreciate the comment! :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I disagree. Earning respect does not take a lot of effort if you're naturally a caring person. It take effort if you're ugly to the Mankind and animals!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Good call brave! :)

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      johnwindbell 4 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

      ..."kinda like The Golden Rule? ....it all is. Respect others and you will be respected. Thats why dobody in their right mind has any respect for the government, they've given us ZERO ! ..... and all that we do for them. Thanks for your time with this page, Josh. Till next time.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks john, glad you enjoyed it! :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I must have been tired, Josh. Bad grammar on my part!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      No worries Brave! :)

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Brilliant poetry Josh... awesome...

      Real Respect can only be earned by the hard work you put in...

      the quantity and quality of the respect you earn is directly proportional to the quantity and quality of your efforts....

      Brilliant poem

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Great poem Josh, back for another read today! Glad Rahul posted this one - thumbs up to respect.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks so much for stopping by Rahul! yes, that is so true, it takes hard work!

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      So it looks like everyone wants a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T ???

      Just a little bit!

      Up and everything!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      HAHA, thanks for reading Kelly, glad you enjoyed it! :)

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