Honoring the dignity of another human being is a treasure of precious & priceless value…
To nurture dignity in self and others, is vital to the health and wealth of the human soul. We live in a time where a deluge of information washes over us every moment of the day. Almost all of it negative in nature.
There is no denying that the horrors of this world are manifold. Yet, there is still love to be found in spite of all the atrocities. When others choose to treat strangers or those they know with purposeful respect and dignity, then hope is allowed to flow through the pulse of humanity.To nurture dignity in self and others, is vital to the health and wealth of the human soul. Click To Tweet
Dignity has been defined as: “bearing, conduct, or speech indicative of self-respect…”, “elevation of character; worthiness: dignity of sentiments…”, “a sign or token of respect…”. As you read that, you may think of someone you know who is around your age. Or, an older person within your family may come to mind. But, let us not forget that a sense of dignity should also be fostered in the children we know. How easily they are dismissed, or spoken down to. Taking the time and thought to respond to a child with consideration may be the example they need to help them develop the skill of treating others with worth and respect.
It goes without saying, that the importance of treating the chronically ill with dignity cannot be understated. I personally know of someone who is often treated as if they cannot do things for themselves. Spoken about at times, as if they are not in the room. Granted, people are just trying to help, and I get that. However, this person can (and wants) to do for themselves. It is essential to their sense of self-worth. Yes, it is easier to take ‘decision making’ and actions out of the chronically ill’s hands so that things “just get done”. But in this, there is a ‘taking away’ from the person that ‘tears down’ rather than ‘builds up’.The importance of treating the chronically ill with dignity cannot be understated. Click To Tweet
3 Fundamental Steps To Nurture Dignity In Self And Others
Golden Rule ~ Always take the time to think of how it would feel if the roles were reversed. Would you want to be spoken to and treated the way you are conducting yourself towards another? Scripture calls it ‘reaping and sowing’. Whatever I give, will eventually come full circle. So, if I ‘gift’ dignity to another, it will eventually come back to me as well.
Pulling Weight ~ There will always be times when we need help. We should never be ashamed to ask for and receive legitimate support. However, when the time comes that we can once again ‘do for ourselves’, it is important to make sure we don’t continue to rely on others too heavily. This does wonders for one’s sense of ‘significance’ and ‘usefulness’.
There But For The Grace… ~ There is no one I am above, no state so low that I could not find myself there some day, and no person I come across who deserves a flippant judgement from me. No one wakes up one day and says, “You know, I think I’ll become; an addict, homeless, bitter, unable to care for myself, sick…ect.”. Life happens, and for so many, it happens badly. What is seen on the the ‘outside’, does not necessarily manifest the ‘reality within’. Tempering our reactions with a degree of empathy in any given situation is the wisest and most loving course of action to take towards another.