I've been reading a lot about bestowing dignity. According to the book, 10 Conversations You Need to Have with your Children, every human being has value and every human encounter is a fresh chance to let him know it. Some people believe in human kindness, others believe it is to love and be loved, but we also need to remember to confer dignity on all of God's creatures. It made me think, "Do I practice this daily." Well....sometimes, is what I told myself. Let's clear up the definition of the word before going an deeper. This is what dictionary.com stated.....
[dig-ni-tee] Show IPA
–noun, plural -ties.
bearing, conduct, or speech indicative of self-respect orappreciation of the formality or gravity of an occasion orsituation.
nobility or elevation of character; worthiness: dignity ofsentiments.
Sounds to me like it is our job to impress value upon the lives of others. When you smile at someone, ask about their day, offer a compliment, you are conferring dignity. You bring them to life. Whenever you make someone feel that they matter, you lend them dignity.
Let me know of ways that you confer dignity to others....
Thanks for Reading!