Respect is first given at a mutual level. The manner in which that respect is taken care of determines how much more respect is given. If the initial respect is taken for granted we have very little interest in giving more, and why should we?
A good investment is a product that produces a positive result over an acceptable amount of time. This goes beyond money. People can be good investments too. If we spend time with a person, and they continously bring joy and happiness into our lives, then our time with them was well invested. However, if someone continously brings drama and stress, then our time was not well invested.
These two thoughts go hand-in-hand. The more happiness a person brings, the more we respect them. Unless we are the ones taking others for granted. It happens. The key is to recognize that it is happening and stop it. No one should be taken for granted. The more we surround ourselves with people who are good investments, the happier our lives will be.
It really does boil down to respectng others and not taking them for granted. Not everyone is worth our time. We should wisely choose who we invest our time with 🙂