Code of Bushidō: Respect (Rei)

3 May

Code of Bushidō: Respect (Rei)

Virtue four of Bushidō:
The ethic of respect
A concept that has long since died
But now we’ll resurrect

To show regard for other folks
To see what they have done
To pay respect for all the work
And miles that they run

To take notice of efforts made
And make efforts as well
To not just think of compliments
But to speak up and tell

To make the little gestures that
Show others our esteem
A bow, a nod, a handshake or
A smile where we beam

Waiting ‘till one’s finished speaking
To give our two cents
Cutting someone off is a
Disrespect so immense

Letting others say their peace
And though we disagree
Having respect for their view
And saying “Let it be”

Keeping promises and taking
The time to respond
Warriors and respect are
An unbreakable bond

Paying back or paying forward
Good deeds paid to us
Action that is second nature
No need to discuss

The key to respect is that others
All come before you
Respect is something that selfish
People cannot accrue

Because they’re too busy concerned
With what they want from you
To be able to pay respect
As true warriors do



6 Responses to “Code of Bushidō: Respect (Rei)”

  1. Christy Birmingham May 3, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    Respect is the foundation of a healthy relationship. Much respect for you and your poem my friend

    • Miro May 4, 2012 at 7:20 am #

      Thanks Christy, much respect to you as well!
      Peace, grace & strength,

  2. Aspergers Girls May 4, 2012 at 1:01 am #

    Very awesome. Very true. Love your words. 🙂

    • Miro May 4, 2012 at 7:20 am #

      Thank you kindly, gratitude. 🙂
      Peace, grace & strength,

  3. zendictive May 10, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    to respect others one must first respect one’s self (~_~)

  4. granbee May 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    The “no-interrupting” rule of respect is the one I work on the hardest these days. Greeting with warmth and encouragement and acknowlgement of the worth of every human on earth comes easily to me, for I was taught from toddlerhood to do this by my elders. But my enthusiasms and eagerness to support the ideas of others sometimes overflows in non-respectful ways. So wonderful how you lead us here, Miro!

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