If you knew of one particular thing you could do that would bring you happiness, poise, courage, success, and contentment, would you do it? Of course you would! Well, there is such a tool and its available to everyone. This tool is the Golden Rule – ifyou practice what it says in your life.
We find the Golden Rule expressed in various forms in every major religion including secular writings of Aristotle, Plato, and Seneca. The Golden Rule is simply that we treat others as we wish to be treated.
If you want to be treated with kindness, love, compassion, caring and consideration, we must treat others that way. We can’t go around the world yelling at other drivers, cutting off people to get a parking spot, or being angry at everyone and everything that does not go our way.
Kindness, caring and consideration have often been described as “love in action”. Every day we are given opportunities to be a little kinder to others, to be understanding and supportive. Most of us want to be this way but when life gets busy, harried and we are sometimes wrapped up in “our own stuff”, we fail to see how we are behaving and all the opportunities we are given to be love in action.
It can be difficult, but we need to make a concerted effort. We owe it, not just to the world, but to ourselves as well, to make such an effort.
Quote of the Week
“If you contemplate the Golden Rule, it turns out to be an injunction to live by grace rather than by what you think other people deserve.”