R-E-S-P-E-C-T! (find out what it means to me) -Aretha Franklin
As the saying goes: respect is earned, not given. Respect comes in many forms and can be expressed in many ways. There are many different kinds of respect. Respect for oneself, respect for others, respect for elders, respect for a time or place or process; a people or tradition or idea.
Every animal in the animal kingdom has a healthy respect for the world around them. Squirrels have a healthy respect for gravity. Zebras have a healthy respect for lions. Humans (should) have a healthy respect for Mother Nature and her laws.
At Karhu, we work to earn and give respect in the following ways: Maintaining a clean, safe, welcoming and inviting atmosphere. Starting class on time / ending class on time. Cleaning our equipment after each use. Programming movements and training sessions in a progressive, sensible manner with the focus always on the needs of our members. Greeting each member, new and old, with a firm handshake (or hug), a smile and eye contact. Maintaining a professional environment with professional coaches. Asking for feedback from our community. Holding a space for those who are confident, extroverted and experienced while holding that same space for those who are timid, introverted and unsure. Addressing issues or conflict head-on with open ears and an open heart. Communicating with consideration, clarity and honesty, tête-á-tête.
Thursday Meditation: What does respect mean to me? How do I show respect to others around me? How do I respect the process of growth and learning in my life?
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