Respect: Don’t Lecture Me Please

Respect: Don’t Lecture Me Please

Respect: Don't Lecture Me Please

Respect for others is an important attribute to have.

Everyone is different and you need to walk in their shoes,

So don’t be quick to judge or have unfair expectations.

People are influenced by many different things.

Each of us handles and reacts to situations differently.

Circumstances beyond our control can arise,

Time is not always conducive to what we want to achieve.


Developing understanding and tolerance isn’t hard

Once you realise that not everyone thinks the same.

No two people deal with a situation identically.

Try to see the other person’s point of view.


Let everyone deal with their life the way they see fit.

Each of us has different and unique priorities.

Challenges arise from time to time diverting us from our goals.

Telling others what they should or shouldn’t be doing

Ultimately leads to resentment and disharmony.

Remember, other people, ARE NOT YOU!

Encourage them and rejoice in their differences.


Maybe others don’t agree with everything you do,

Especially if you preach without knowing the facts.


Pay me the respect I value and deserve,

Let me live my life the way I choose.

Expectations are often set too high.

Always remember that life has its ups and downs,

Sometimes you don’t know what hurdles others are facing.

Exercise patience and understanding and life will go on.


by John Hansen 2017

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Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBook of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" at Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction. I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren. I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials. It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years are now wonderful material for my stories and poems. I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

13 thoughts on “Respect: Don’t Lecture Me Please

  • April 19, 2017 at 6:50 AM

    Great poem, wisdom in your words. It is so easy to judge others in a minute without understanding what they are going through. Listening to a lecture when it is least needed is such a downer. I wish people will think things through before they shoot off with a lecture.

  • April 19, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    Very well done on your acrostic poem, John. Understanding where others are coming from and trying to walk in their shoes is very helpful in maintaining respect for each other. Sometimes what is seen as a lecture is a cry for help, so the respect and understanding goes both ways. Nice work.

    • April 19, 2017 at 3:56 PM

      You echo my message Nithya. It is too easy to judge people and jump to conclusions. I have done that myself, only to find out I was totally wrong.

    • April 19, 2017 at 4:01 PM

      Yes, I agree, Phyllis. Respect does go both ways. One just has to be careful when giving advice that it doesn’t sound like a lecture or make what may appear as accusations. Sometimes just simply asking for help will bring the required results. Thanks for your kind words in regard to this acrostic.

      • April 19, 2017 at 4:20 PM

        You are right, John. One has to be careful when giving advice in how they word it. PS: Your reply to Nithya was done under reply to me. She may catch sight of it anyway. I do love your clever acrostic poems, you are very good at it.

  • April 19, 2017 at 3:35 PM

    excellent excellent acrostic poem John especially the part about Don’t Preach to me unless you know all the facts. even at that Don’t Preach to me I don’t want to hear it but I must say that I’m always up for a healthy debate, but not one that degrades me as a human being. Thanks for sharing, respect has always been something earned, butcommon decency is something we should all have. Great Piece.

  • April 19, 2017 at 4:03 PM

    Thank you for the generous and insightful comment, Paul. I agree, healthy debate is wonderful, but preaching or lecturing that degrades or makes unfounded accusations needs to be avoided.

  • April 19, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    A great topic to write about John – I too hate to get lectured. Most of us know when we’ve messed up, yet it seems some people want to regurgitate those moments into endless narratives of negativity. You are spot on with your ending – life will go on…I love it!

  • July 12, 2017 at 12:21 PM

    Cleverly done. A message I am sure most anybody can agree with.

  • July 12, 2017 at 5:17 PM

    Thank you for reading this acrostic poem, Shannon. I think it got the point across I was trying to convey at the time.

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