The Golden Rule is a simple ancient maxim that says, “Treat others as you would like to be treated.” This wisdom could change the world if we would all strive to truly incorporate it into our daily lives. Does your personal credo include this ethic?
Many cultures and religions have subscribed to this simple concept for many thousands of years. Great civilizations incorporating the Golden Rule into their social and legal systems included Babylon, Greece, China, Egypt, Persia, Rome and India. Many of the world’s religions also espouse its practice: Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hindu, Taoism, Confucianism, Wicca, Sikhism, and many others. Yet, somehow its simple gift still seems to elude many people. How advanced human life would be if we could manage to practice this ancestral wisdom world-wide!
Peace, joy, balance, kindness and trust could easily become the norm. Indeed these are required conditions in the new world that many are working to build. Would you like your future, your children’s future, to contain these golden aspirations? Start bringing them into your life today by practicing the Golden Rule. Practice makes perfect.
Some may argue that this concept is idealistic, impractical or naive. I believe it is a necessity. Some may feel frustrated when they attempt to practice the Golden Rule when so many people on our planet today seem willing to step on anything and anyone in pursuit of their own selfish goals. But starting now to build a future that we want is the only way to bring it forth. If you do your best to live your life in accordance with higher standards, then one day you will die well knowing that you did all you could to leave the world a better place than you found it. You will have made a difference.
Have you ever made a mistake? Did you want forgiveness? Forgive those whose mistakes have caused you pain. Forgiveness is not an open ticket to be treated the same. Perhaps your pain is trying to help you learn to set healthy boundaries, practice compassionate communication or find a win/win solution.
Has anyone ever helped you? Don’t begrudge helping those who need help. If someone behaves badly through choice or through ignorance, don’t react in an equal or even worse manner. Do whatever you can to show them a better way. If your effort is not received, then you will know the peace of having done your best. Chances are that the seed of your higher action will plant itself within their awareness so that some day it will take root and grow within their own life.
You probably can’t change the world overnight. But doing your best in every moment to practice the qualities that you wish had a more prominent place in contemporary societies is a great place to start. It is action that you can take right now to improve the quality of your own life, improve this world and improve the future. Go for the gold. Please, treat others as you would like to be treated.
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