On one trip to the Islands I went somewhere for a show and a female employee in the entrance area was handing out shell leis to people as they came in. An old Auntie near me commented, “She did that wrong! You don’t hand the lei for the person to put on themselves! You put it on them as a manifestation of respect. That’s what Aloha is… respect!”
Respect seems to be short in abundance nowadays! When I was little I was taught… in no uncertain terms… to hold the door for others, to say “please” and “thank you”, to allow others to go first. I see now that such social niceties not only expressed respect for others but at the same time inculcated the concept of respect within myself!
As we age… socially, psychologically, spiritually… the normal route of growth is
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