Yesterday, I was reminded how simple our philosophy of life should be. We should all be treating others based on the way we would like to be treated. If we all followed this pattern of behavior, many of the world’s problems would be eliminated easily. However, as we all know there are sometimes things that get in the way of putting the golden rule into practice. Here are a few explanations and thoughts on how to make sure that you are following the golden rule and doing your part to make sure the world is a better place.
Don’t Take it Personally
Everyone at some time in their lives has been faced with someone who treats us less than fairly. These instances can be painful, especially when the person who mistreats us is a friend. Yet the truth of the matter is that their choices have very little to do with you and everything to do with them. We are all living our lives through the scope of our own experience.
People with a false sense of self can justify their actions through lies or misconception. To other people, you are just a bit player in the grand play of their lives. So don’t take the poor behavior of another as a reflection of your character and honesty. You can only control your actions and responses to the situations that you are faced with. Face then with integrity and caring for others. Let kindness and understanding be your guide and don’t take the poor behavior of others personally.
One of the best defenses against the toxic behavior of those that do not treat you well is to be proactive in your implementation of the golden rule in your life. Each day provides opportunities to practice treating others as you would like to be treated, with kindness, dignity, and respect. These types of things are completely in your control. Rather than waiting for a situation to present itself to you, seek the situation to provide someone else with the good feeling of being treated well.
These are simple things, acts of kindness that don’t have to cost a penny. Kindness and respect are always good and may do more for someone than you know. The choice between good behavior and poor behavior spreads like the ripples of a stone cast in the water. What will the ripples of your behavior contribute to the world? That is your responsibility.
So All we Can Worry About Is Us
As you evolve in the experience of your life there is only one thing that you can control, and that is your own behavior, thoughts, and feelings about the situations that we are faced with in life. We choose how we treat others. Are we too busy? Are we kind? Or do we feel too busy and brush others simple needs off in order to pursue our own? Do we act selfishly? These choices belong to us and are the things that we will be held responsible for when this journey comes to an end.
Following the golden rule will bring you to a place of peace but most importantly it will be a light and example to a world that sorely needs it.