Yesterday I found myself on the other side of being disrespected.
Let us first ask ourselves, "What is respect?"
My own explanation: "The act of making another person feel worthy, by means of acknowledging or giving him/her undivided attention."
In my opinion, the most precious gift we can give another person is respect. How? By listening to them. I mean REALLY listening to them.
In both situations, the other person seemed to switch off when I started speaking. Inadvertently, he/she was telling me, "You're not important & I have better things to do than to listen to you."
Mind you, this may not be the other person's intention and they probably WERE listening to me. But by brushing me off, it left me feeling rather small.
Later on, I was reminded of my uncle's words, "We are here to learn from others - from their strengths and also their weaknesses and be a better human being."
My line of work is people-centered. By no means am I perfect, but these little reminders of how to treat each other are of the utmost importance.
Listen to your fellow brethren & respect will follow.