The teenage boy
shouts at his Mother that he is old enough to stay out past 11:00pm
with his friends. His Mother shouts back to the boy that he must
obey because nothing “good” happens after 11pm at
· The old veteran
sternly tells the young man that he must stand in quiet reverence
when the flag is raised or lowered. The young man yells back at the
older veteran that he cannot tell him what to do.
· The elderly
Father complains to his daughter that she should listen to his
story so she can learn from it. His daughter states that times have
changed and she will live her life as she wants and doesn’t need
· The Boss commands
her employee to do as she is told because “she knows best.” The
employee complains that her boss will not listen to her
Do these things
sound familiar? In each of these situations what are the
individuals demanding? Do these interactions have something in
common? They are all requests or demands for “Respect” from the
admiration or esteem for another person due to their abilities,
qualities, position, or achievements. The verb, to respect, denotes
that someone admires another or holds them in high esteem. Respect
occurs when there is honor between individuals. Honor occurs when
people seek to understand each other.
The Mother wants
respect and obedience from her son because she has seen the
problems that arise for teenagers at night. Her concern arises from
her desire for the safety of her son. The Son wants respect from
his Mother because he feels he is responsible enough to avoid bad
veteran demands respect for the himself and the symbol of the
country that he helped to protect. The young man is demanding
respect for his right to think and act as he wants due to his
status as a citizen.
The Father yearns
to be respected for his experiences so he shares his story so she
will not have to learn by making the same mistakes. The daughter
wants her Father to respect her and understand that there are new
methods and opportunities that were unavailable to
The Boss demands
respect and obedience for her success and experience. The employee
requires respect in that there may be a different or better way
In each situation
the temperature can be lowered and respect achieved for each other
if all parties seek to understand the other. UNDERSTANDING creates
HONOR. HONOR leads to respect. And that is today’s Morning
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It was decision time for the Manager.
It started 9 months ago. John, the owner, had tasked
the Manager with developing a restaurant plan. The company already
owned the property for the restaurant. The plan included developing
both the menu and the processes. Plus, determining who would be
their target diners. It also included making a mechanical drawing
of the layout for the facility which would be built from scratch.
He would hire an architect to insure both code compliance and to
get a detailed building plan.
The dining room was set up to handle 120 diners. The
kitchen was more challenging in that it wrapped around a huge
smoker where pork butts, chicken, and ribs would slowly cook until
the succulent meat would be ready for the serving line. Having
numerous recipes would require specialized cooking equipment and
The Manager was to oversee construction, author the
menu and recipes, as well as keep the project on track and on
budget. Processes needed to be written to ensure quality control
and customer satisfaction. Nearing completion, he would recruit and
train both kitchen and dining room staff. The day prior to opening
the team checked all the equipment and ran practice sessions to
ensure a smooth start.
At 5:00am on opening day, some gas equipment would
not ignite. After some quick intervention by the Manager, it
ignited properly. The day went smoothly after that. As issues arose
over the next few days they were handled. Both the diners and the
staff were happy.
At 10:00am on the 5th day the Manager
received a call from John, the owner. John was changing his method
of being paid. He would still get the same salary however 50% of
his pay he was to take from the cash register and under report
sales by that same amount. The rest would be taxed and reported as
Hanging up the phone, he knew he had to make a
serious decision. He had moved his family 300 miles to take on this
challenge. They had 2 small children, lots of debt, and his was the
only income. Plus, the economy was in a serious
This choice would determine the Manager’s life for
the next several years. Sacrifice his integrity and make this
project a winner securing a good income for his family. Or keep his
integrity and his good name intact by resigning in protest. The
Manager made his decision.
What decision would you make? A good job making good
money with a chance for future ownership? Or, keeping your
integrity and your good name intact and starting over
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Today we are going off script to celebrate Labor Day
and acknowledge the hard work and contributions of our American
workers. They are our neighbors, friends, and family members.
Through their efforts you have more choices for goods and services
than anywhere else on the planet.
You have food available because of the laborers on
farms, in packing houses, and ranches. They grow and harvest crops,
raise animals, and tend orchards. They pack these items and ship
them to warehouses, farmer’s markets, and grocery stores. The
clerks, butchers, stockers, and cashiers in grocery stores work to
ensure you have both variety and quality for your
You have more choices for vehicles because of the
toil of factory and foundry workers. We applaud those who produce
the steel, rubber, glass and plastic for these vehicles and those
who build them. All motorized vehicles require skilled mechanics,
painters, and others so you can buy and maintain the vehicles that
best suit your needs.
You are served by laborers in the building trades
such as welders, carpenters, plumbers, steel workers, painters,
masons, and pipefitters. Trades people in manufacturing produce the
multitude of products that you have available to make your life
You have technologies that our parents and
grandparents never even dreamed of. These devices come to you by
virtue of the labor of millions working in mines, factories, and
laboratories. Our health care workers care for us in our time of
need in clinics, hospitals, doctors’ offices, and
You have municipal workers supporting public works,
parks and recreation, licensing, and public health. We have first
responders including police, firefighters, and paramedics.
Teachers, bus drivers, and school workers help train future
You have power for your computers and appliances
available to you through the efforts of miners, power plant
workers, plus oil and gas workers. These tradespeople provide the
power for airplanes, trains, factories, homes, and motor vehicles.
We have thousands of truck drivers and railroad workers who bring
us all manner of products and materials. And we salute the folks
who staff the offices in support of tradespeople in all
We pause now to acknowledge our outstanding military
personnel. Their commitment to your freedom coupled with their
supreme efforts, separation from family and friends, and continuous
training keep us strong and constantly remind us the freedom is not
Labor Day is a national holiday to honor these and
millions of others who are the backbone of America. Through the
labor of these workers and many others we have created a society
where hard work and accountability are rewarded and appreciated.
Thank you to you all.
Happy Labor Day!!
Larry Bonorato is author of WORK WITH ME NOT FOR
ME which is available in print audio, and eBook on Amazon.
Enjoy his website LarryonLearning.com for more
inspiration and stories.
Minute Monday, 9/5/22 due to the holiday)