Respect is what Aretha Franklin sang about, and what much of today's noisy chatter ignores.
When we respect the experiences of others and give them the courtesy of listening with intent, we embolden and strengthen them. That's a wonderful gift that takes nothing from the giver but patience and understanding.
On this first day of the new year, my resolution is to work hard on respect. Respecting others with different views, differing looks, differing objectives.
They say it is better to give than to get, but it seems to me the opposite is true when it comes to respect.