The Golden Rule Challenge
A friend and I were discussing the 'Golden Rule,' about treating others as you would like to be treated. In theory this is a great rule to live by. In reality it can be hard to put into practice. For anyone who is a Christian or has Christian roots the golden rule is well known as; do unto others as you would have them do unto you . In Jewish tradition; what is hateful to yourself do to no other man . Interestingly, the Golden Rule goes back centuries and can be found in many cultures, beliefs and religions, predating both the Christian and Jewish faiths.
The Golden Rule shows a profound human unity whether we see it or not. Regardless of where we come from, our religion, our faith or our beliefs this simple rule transcends all differences. It brings us together, and unites us, reminding us that we aren't as separate from each other as we think. From a morality standpoint it gives us a compass, a guide to living a good, moral, happy life. If more of us followed this simple rule there certainly would be less strife, hostility, violence and hate in our world.
Yet, as simple as it is, the Golden Rule isn't as easy to follow and act on. We tend to let daily life, stress, pride, competitiveness, anger, hurt, or bitterness towards others get in the way. Someone snaps at us, we snap back. If we feel threatened we fight back. We feel overwhelmed or grumpy and forget our manners at times. People are a melting pot of different personalities and characteristics, making it easy to clash.
My friend and I decided that for one week we would focus on the Golden Rule and put it into practice. We would challenge ourselves to remember it in all our interactions and use it, no matter what the situation or person involved. As we both follow the rule to a certain degree, we figured it would be easy. I've only been an hour into it and found that I almost didn't use it once already.
I'm looking forward to meeting my friend next Saturday to see how it works. I have a feeling that it will enrich my life, and force me to think outside the box. What about you, do you think you could do the challenge for a week? I think you'll be surprised at how easy it is said then done.
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