1. Do we repect the other person's self-responsibility for their opinions?
Do we say I think this, not everyone thinks this? Do we speak only for ourselves?
2. Do we respect differences of opinion, perspectives, and feelings?
Do we allow others to be different from us?
3. Do we respect the independence of others?
Do we do anything for another person, without first asking if they want us to do it?
4. Do we respect the feelings of others?
Do we ask the other person what they are feeling, without assuming?
5. Do we respect the actions of others, or do we say, "You should have ..."?
Do we rather ask, "Why did you do that? I might learn from you?"
6. Do we respect the autonomy of others?
Do we know that to initiate change in any situation, we must, and can only, change ourselves?
We spent our afternoon discussing these questions, and sharing with each other from our own perspectives and experiences. We are finding our sessions are making us all think more deeply about our own relationships, and those of others.
Our homework was to apply the ideas from today's session to our own lives.