How we approach and handle any relationships will greatly determine the quality of that relationship.

  1. i.Be Genuine and Sincere - Don't try to relate to others by trying to impress them through acting like you think they would want you to. Be genuine from the start and each person will have a chance to see if they can be comfortable with each other's perspectives, interests and lifestyle. Professor Don Cross said, "If I truly know who I am and what I value, and stand firmly for what I believe, and have the courage to act on it, I can not help but be sincere." Sincerity simplifies one's life, improves integrity and enhances one's ability to deal effectively with others and makes it easier for others to deal with you. So; be yourself, be real; be who you are. "It's surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you're not comfortable within yourself, you can't be comfortable with others." [Columnist, Sydney J. Harris] "Remember that often we don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." [Novelist, Anais Nin]

 

Be Ethical & Consistent - Ethical behavior is a matter of being consistent by extending to all persons the same respect and consideration that we claim for ourselves. Ethics requires that there be consistency between how we treat ourselves and how we treat others. "Everyone is obligated to act only in ways that respect the human dignity and moral rights of all persons." [Philosopher, Immanuel Kant]
Consistency; the absence of contradictions is the hallmark of ethics. Ethics requires consistency in the sense that our moral standards, actions and values should not be contradictory. Consistency in our lives also implies an inner integrity. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: Say La-ilaaha ill-Allah and be upright (live with integrity). Integrity is about being honest, being honorable and being your self at your best.

 

 

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