The Way of Respect; Ancient Wisdom Adapted for Today by Richard Skerritt
The path to success is often quite different from the bee line that we are inclined to chart. The way that life unfolds can be filled with funny twists and turns, and things that seem backwards and upside down. Based the wisdom of the ancient Chinese, The Way of Respect is a quiet, inspiring work that guides us along the "way" of navigating these challenges; a way that takes courage and vision to follow.
Tao te Ching, or way of life, was written in China 2500 years ago. It is a short and powerful philosophy on leadership and relationships. Sadly, by the time its ancient language is rendered into English by scholars, it can be quite difficult to read. The Way of Respect brings the Tao into modern language, preserving the wisdom and the wonderful expression in paradox and contradiction. Wonderful? Paradox? Contradiction? Indeed, life is puzzling sometimes. It seems that the only way to advance is to yield. The way to be heard is to listen.
The Way of Respect presents this "way" with a focus on respect. Approaching others with respect in all interactions puts on this path toward success.
Composed of 81 short "poems", each fitting on a page, just as the Tao te Ching, the Way of Respect keeps the basic ideas of each poem, while expressing them in modern language that is easy to read. Not always easy to grasp! Some of the teachings are simple, but others take some reflection to assimilate.
The Way of Respect offers inspiration and guidance for all our relationships: family, work, community; and also for achieving our life goals.
About the Author:
Richard Skerritt - Engineer, inventor, author, athlete and Mental Skills Coach - worked in diversity programs in DuPont Engineering, an organization of technologists from around the world. He is inventor on 17 U.S. patents in the fields of artificial intelligence and chemical process control. A figure skater, he also holds a graduate certificate in sport psychology, and is an accredited professional skater. His other books are Tears and Healing - the journey to the light after an abusive relationship, Meaning from Madness - Understanding the Hidden Motivations of Disordered Abusers: Narcissists, Borderlines, and Sociopaths, and In Love and Loving It - Or Not! - A User's Guide to Love and Falling in Love.