There is a golden thread that weaves itself through many cultures.
Buddhists say: “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself find hurtful.”
Hindus say: “Do nothing unto others which would cause you pain if done to you.”
Moslems say: “No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.”
Jews say: “What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow men.”
The golden thread is, of course, the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Jesus goes a step further in the Sermon on the Mount saying “return good for evil.” A bit more practical, St. Augustine says “Do what you can do and pray for what you cannot do.”
Here are a few suggestions you may find helpful in living the Golden Rule in your everyday life.
- Say thanks! We all like to be thanked. Show appreciation! Give thanks in all circumstances: for this is the will of God. (1 Thessalonians 5: 18)
- Praise others! Truthful compliments bring joy to others lives. Let love be genuine. (Romans 12: 9)
- Be cheerful! Accept family, friends and strangers unconditionally-just as they are. The joy of the Lord is your strength. (Nehemiah 8: 10)
- Smile! A winning smile is one of our greatest gifts to others. A cheerful look brings joy to the heart. (Proverbs 15: 20)
- Be Kind! The word kindness comes from the old English word for family or “kin.” Treat strangers as though they were family. Just as you did it to one of the least of these… you did it to Me. (Matthew 25: 40)
Be a positive force for good by living the Golden Rule daily. Won’t you be all you can be to help make this world a better place.