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A Pat On the Back For You

Updated on May 24, 2014

Mike's Common Sense

Life is full of two lane streets. You give something, you get something. That is how it works in an ideal society. Everybody wants something, but not all are prepared to give something.

The Beatles, on their album “Abby Road”, closed the album with this couplet. “And in the end, the love you take,is equal to the love you make.”

Truer words were never spoken. If I could tell you a secret that would change your life, would you listen? Here it is… learn how to give love (pass it on!).

It really is that simple. The more love you give, the more you will receive

I know that it is not all that easy to just pick up and start loving EVERYONE. You have to walk before you can start running.

You learn how to love everyone by learning how to respect them first.

Respect, like love has to be given in order to earn it. For most people though, it is easier to give respect than it is love. If you want to learn how to love, first learn how to respect.

Respect can manifest in many ways. Opening doors for strangers is a good start. Give a co-worker a pat on the back and a compliment; refuse to gossip and talk behind someone’s back; smile and greet people as you pass them in the hall; and most important, allow other people to be themselves. Not passing judgment on others is the ultimate show of respect.

As you get better at showing people simple respect, you will notice that their consideration of you has also risen. You will feel better about yourself, and nothing opens the heart to give love more than a good self esteem.

Once you get real good at giving respect, you’ll realize you’ve been giving love all along.


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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      This is all so true..but to me it is as simple as "Do unto other's as you would have them do unto you"...G-Ma :O) Hugs

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      muley84 8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi G-ma! you know what , there isn't much difference is there?

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago from India

      I agree - being non-judgemental is a big sign of respect - it shows you trust another to live life on his own terms without trying to ram your beliefs down his throat.

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      Laughing Mom 8 years ago

      Nicely said, Feline.

      Muley--this is a great hub!

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      mayhmong 8 years ago from North Carolina

      That is soooo true!

      There is no limit to giving as much love to anyone! Sad thing is, sometimes we don't receive it back like we ought to! Grrrr...I've been working too much. -_-

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      This article is truthful and giving respect is always what it takes, I think I give it to much and my heart is to big. But you have hit it on the nose.:)

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      muley84 8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Feline, thanks for your thoughtful comment.

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      muley84 8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Laughing Mom. Thank you for the compliment!

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      muley84 8 years ago from Miami,FL

      hi mayhmong! love is not like an electric current, but will return in time. Just keep giving you'll see.

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      muley84 8 years ago from Miami,FL

      HI AEvans! The love I speak of is an impersonal type called called good will. The strong personal love of devotion should be saved for God, your spouse, kids, parents, close friends etc. However, as long as you are a giver, you will not go wrong.

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