What exactly is dignity? It’s hard to put a finger on exactly what it is. Some people attach it to position or authority; some to rank or leadership. Others tie it to a civility in a situation gone chaotic. Still others will automatically attribute it to old age and longevity. One’s physical stature may come into play as the respect shown a tall man or statuesque woman. Some beauty projects dignity as well; but not all beauty.
If you would aspire to be one considered to have dignity, allow me to proffer 10 considerations.
- Be honest with yourself about yourself. Facades taint dignity.
- Be forthright with others, with respectful graciousness. Crass openness is offensive.
- Always be considerate of the rights and needs of others. You do not need to win to be right.
- Steep yourself in humility before the God who created you. We may be at the top of the food-chain on this planet, but the universe has many surprises in store for us.
- Take on the deportment of a servant, especially if you are a great leader of industry. This must be genuine, flowing from deep within your being.
- Take on a heart of compassion. Express it tangibly. [James 1:27]
- Hold others in higher esteem than yourself.
- Do not take yourself so seriously; or your position, or those who laud your accomplishments.
- “If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” [Romans 12:18]
- Do not sit in judgment over another unless you are paid by the state to do so.
Genuine dignity is the blending of inner character and external action, without façade, without pretense, seeking only personality integrity and the betterment of others. BE who you have been designed to be without affectation. As we say around here—
Honor God, honor people…, make a difference.
THAT is indisputable dignity.