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(Catching up) The Letter H Honor

Posted by Leigh on April 11, 2012 in A to Z Challenge |

hon·or

1.honesty, fairness, or integrity in one’s beliefs and actions: a man of honor.

2.a source of credit or distinction: to be an honor to one’s family.

3.high respect, as for worth, merit, or rank: to be held in honor.

I believe we have lost it.

My belief is based on the shock, surprise and genuine disbelief I am met with on a daily basis when I show it.   I work in the medical field. When I speak with patients, family members, doctors, nurses, admin and support staff, I try to treat each person the exact same way, with honor.
I say please, and thank-you.  I look them in the eye when we talk.  I respectfully request their assistance in matters that need addressing and I endeavor to leave them with a smile and a heart-felt thank you, no matter the nature of our conversation.   At work, most of the time, it is fairly easy to do this.
Sometimes I can have a hard time remembering it at home with my WH (wonderful husband) and DD (darling daughter).  Honoring my husband is extremely important.  I love this man.  I want to grow old with this man.  He knows more about me than I know about myself.  But I am very quick to jump off the handle, pass judgement, and dishonor him by saying or doing things that I wouldn’t do or say to a stranger, who I am not emotionally, mentally, physically and financially invested in or with.  I am better than I was about it, but I still have a long way to go.
What about you?  Do you see the evidence of honor lost in your day to day interactions?  How do we change it?  Any ideas on how to start a tidal wave of honor rolling through the world?
I challenge you to do one thing in the days to come.  Every person you talk with…slow down…give them your undivided attention, and look them in the eye.  Say please and thank you.  See what happens.
I would be honored if you would come back and let me know how it goes.

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