…Find out what it means to me…R-E-S-P-E-C-T…

Respect seems to be one of those values that is fading, going the way of the buffalo. Seems that way, but I hope not.
We had a lengthy chat the other night about respect and how it effects the life of a Patrol.
Patrols will never be good patrols until the members respect one another. There will never be an end to violence unless people respect one another. There will never be an end to crime until those that commit crime learn to respect others.
And so it goes.

The Patrol and Troop needs to be aware that it all comes down to respect. Respect for each others ideas. Respect for each others property, respect for each others feelings. Respect for each other as a person.
You can not move in the direction of a “High performance team” until all the members respect the vision of the leader and understand that the team wants to move forward. Respecting the idea that there is give and take. You can not always get your way.
Respect goes deeper than that though. It is the basic idea that you want to be treated by others the way you treat them. Lets assume that you treat others well, you expect to be treated well.

It is the golden rule and no matter where you are from, what faith community you belong to, what culture you were born to. Treating others the way you want to be treated is a basic tenant. Respect is the foundation of that thought.

I am sure that you will find that when respect is given it is received. Let’s take for example the place were the Troop meets.
We make sure that every time we use it, we take out the trash, straighten the chairs and clean up any mess we made. This leaves the meeting hall in good shape for the next people. The owners of the hall see that we continually do our part to keep it clean. They see that we respect this gift that has been given and they continue to give. On the other hand if we trash it and treat the hall with disrespect, they would surely kick us out.
It is something as simple as that.

Respect one another and you will find that much of what you perceive as problems will go away. You will find that others will respect you in return.

Nothing good can happen until mutual respect is given.

Happy Scouting!

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