‘R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me’

Lexi Rose

Aretha Franklin’s 1967 song “Respect” enthralled audiences far and wide. Although it was meant for her significant other, the general theme of “Respect” can still be applied to most situations.

Throughout all your life, there will always be someone you have to answer to, whether it be someone in a higher position than you, such as a teacher or employer, or someone you’re working alongside, like a spouse or a teammate.

If you’re reading this and thinking to yourself, ‘I don’t have to answer to anyone,’ you’re most likely lacking in respect.

In order to be a successful, wellrounded, or likeable person, there are certain key components you MUST apply to each of your relationships. One of the biggest keys, if you haven’t picked up on the theme of my opinion yet, is respect.

This is where Aretha’s famous lyrics come into play. To make any relationship work well, you “got to have a little respect.”

Let me “spell” it out for you.

R: Realize your position. Respect teachers and substitutes. Don’t abuse your power.

E: Everyone can do it, even you.

S: Show kindness and courtesy.

P: Please be aware of your actions.

E: Everyone needs to do it, even you.

C: Consider others’ feelings.

T: These are things you can do to be more respectful:

  • Say “yes ma’am/sir” or “no ma’am/sir” when necessary.
  • Say “please/thank you” when necessary.
  • Apply the Golden Rule.
  • Treat others as you want to be treated.
  • Encourage positivity in others.
  • Avoid being the cause of grief for yourself and others.
  • Don’t gossip, spread drama, or lie.
  • Obey the rules.

In the words of Aretha, ‘All I’m askin’ is for a little respect…’