The Golden Rule. We all know it, but do we follow it? I know that there are times when I don’t. I’ve cut people off on the freeway, then cursed the guy who cut me off 5 miles down the same stretch of road. The double standard of life seems to be growing in our society, especially with the way the market is treating us.
So, today’s challenge is to actually follow the Golden Rule. I know there are snarky people out there who want to say “I WANT people to be rude to me, so I can be rude back.” WRONG. People may say that, but it’s not true.
Remember that you CAN NOT change the way people think or act. They must do that themselves. Also remember that the person who cuts you off on the freeway (may be me!) or the person who is rude to you at the coffee stand may just have bigger things on their mind. Maybe THEY need to examine their glass a bit, huh? You just don’t know what’s going on, so don’t assume that you do.
I’ll tell you one thing, it never hurts to smile at someone. You never know how it might affect them. More times than not, they may just pass you by. However, you can’t deny the fact that if you smiled at a stranger today….and they smiled back, that you wouldn’t feel a little better yourself.
Happiness begets happiness! Spread the love, everyone! Even if you don’t feel like you have any love or smiles to spread, try anyway. You may be surprised to see how it affects you.
I write these things and I smile to myself. I smile because I think, hey maybe this post is making someone smile. Maybe a chuckle or too. Maybe a full-out guffaw! Well, okay, no guffaws, I haven’t even broken out my knock knock joke material yet….just you wait! Anyway, my point is, I hope I’m making a difference with these posts, and I believe that I am. That makes me smile. Examining my own glass, if I can help others (perhaps you) then I am being successful, which makes me happy and leads me to where I want to go.
See how easy that is???