Sawaya Values Service Awards
“Our highest purpose is to help everyone reach their potential. We want to honor people who put these values into action and help all of us towards accomplishing that goal.” – Michael Sawaya
The “Sawaya Values Awards” recognize Coloradans who are committed to helping themselves and members of their community reach their full potential. A monthly award is given to a recipient who displays one of the 12 areas of life that The Sawaya Law Firm considers to create the bedrock of society: Hope, Service, Responsibility, Faith, Honor, Trust, Freedom, Honesty, Integrity, Justice, Truth, and Family.
The winner for each month will receive a plaque and a donation of $250 to a qualifying charity of their choice. A charity will qualify for donation if they are currently registered as a 501 (c) 3 charity.
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Respect is an essential part that connects all of the values held by The Sawaya Law Firm. Respect, in our view, is the manifestation of the recognition of the intrinsic worth of each individual, of each living being, and even of our Earth itself. Everything has some value, whether we see it immediately, or not.
Honor: We cannot honor something without being aware of the worth of that which we honor. We honor our great Country because we know it has a great worth. We honor our loved ones likewise because we know they have tremendous value. We honor our great forests, our fields, our oceans, because know they have such tremendous worth. We could say the same of anything for which we have and exhibit honor.
Justice: Justice if the goal of our great legal system, and hopefully also that of our great political system. We cannot venerate justice without first holding respect for those who are participating. Even those accused of crimes are given this respect by our fabulous U.S. Constitution. We do best in our pursuit of justice when we also pursue respect as the essential foundation.
Integrity: Integrity means, to us, that there is an unbreakable unity to one’s own self, to our political system, to our city, to our state, to our own families, to our great business, etc. We cannot hold this to be true without respecting ourselves, our city, our country, our families, and on and on.
Responsibility: Responsibility must always be rooted in respect for those who need our attention and our care. Each of us need that care and attention to ourselves as well. There is an old soul/rock song entitled “Respect Yourself”. It says it all.
Service: Service as a value means that one is always aware of what one can and should do for others. One cannot even begin the endeavor of service without having innate respect for those who are being served.
Trust: Trust is built on respect and cannot exist without it. The more respect, the greater the chance that trust can take hold and be the inner binding of the relationship.
Honesty: Honest only works when there is an internal guide and an internal voice in the individual that emphasizes and values honesty, but it too is built essentially on respect. It is the respect for others that one’s voice and one’s actions should be genuine and take no more than others could reasonably be expected to give.
Freedom: Freedom, sweet freedom, allows us without undue restraint to do what we want to pursue our goals and our desires. Even freedom has its reasonable limitations, and most of those limitations are legitimate only when they are based on true respect for one’s self and for others. We find the legitimate limitations to absolute freedom in our laws and our social norms. Those laws, those norms, and our own actions are appropriate when they are built on true respect.
Family: Family may be the oldest value of all. We know instinctively that the family has its bedrock on respect. We can love truly when we have healthy respect. Without respect the family will inevitably fracture and drift apart.
Hope: Hope is what motivates us and gives us the inner belief that things will work out, and stay healthy or get better over time. The belief in the intrinsic worth of yourself and others will always be found in the roots of Hope. There abides respect.
Faith: Faith always involves the belief that there is something more than just yourself, more than just the sum total of the others, and more than just the fact that life has thrived and abides. Faith is often though to be only the belief in God or a higher power. That’s what it means to us, but it has a broader meaning, and it is important for our own improvement and our belief and hope in the improvement in others. In its broader meaning it must involve respect-for yourself and for that deity, that spirit or that idea that provides faith. Without faith we are easily cast adrift. With faith we can believe in our future and we can believe in the intrinsic worth of ourselves and the others in our lives
Truth: When something is true, it is something that cannot factually be disputed. The sun rises in the east, there are stars in the universe and apples can be made into pies. Whether one likes apple pies depends on one’s preferences, so we cannot say it is true that apple pies taste good. We cannot even say that all persons recognize the same colors, since that depends on one’s eyes, and even on the particular language that one uses. We value what we all consider truth in our actions and in our speech, because we want to be able to rely on each other to “respect” our own positions. In this way, it is the acknowledgement of the intrinsic value and worth of others that must always prompt us to stay “true” to what we actually say and what we lead others to believe we will do. Respect is at the very root of all of this.