This was sent to me in an email and I felt that we all (myself included) need to be reminded of this occasionally. In one post I was so frustrated with all the bashing that I said "what is it going to take to change this attitude!" I got an answer from satellitedriver that said "two words - Work ethics." This was well said... It hits all parties involved in the work environment. To me - it boils down to one word - RESPECT! One of the definitions is "due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights or traditions of others." I have realized that the best relationships I have had were those where there was a mutual RESPECT for each other. I have been able to nurture sustained relationships with union stewards and BAs by having a sincere RESPECT. This is what is necessary and what we need to do to move ourselves to the next level. I am not preaching about this because I am just as susceptable to crossing the line but I am regretful when I do cross it. I do realize that I need to take responsibility for my actions. R- E- S- P- E- C- T. Aretha Franklin reminded us how it’s spelled, but a lot of us need coaching on how to show it. In both personal and political relationships, the failure to treat one another with respect is generating incivility, contempt, and violence. There’s an important distinction between respecting a person in the sense that we admire and hold that person in high esteem and treating others with respect. While respecting others is desirable, respectfulness is morally mandatory. Thus, people of character treat everyone with respect, even those who are not personally worthy of it. The way we behave toward others is an expression of our values and character. Thus, we should treat others with respect, not because they have a right to be respected but because we have a moral duty to do unto others the way we want them to do unto us. Again, it’s not because they deserve it; it’s because doing less would diminish our own character. That’s the message in an old story about the politician who caught himself being drawn into mud slinging and name calling. Once he realized he was lowering himself to his opponent’s level, he stopped and said, "Sir, I will treat you as a gentleman -- not because you are one, but because I am one." It can take a lot of self control to be respectful to people who are nasty, dishonorable, or disrespectful to us. Still, our inner sense of integrity should help us resist temptations to fight fire with fire. As Lily Tomlin said, "The problem with the rat race is, even if you win, you’re still a rat." This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.