Behave toward others as you would like to have them behave toward you. This so-called golden rule is stated in just about every ancient writing about behavioral precepts (including the NewTestament, Talmud, Koran, and the Analects of Confucius.) Among the earliest appearances in English is Earl Rivers’ translation of a saying of Socrates (Dictes and Sayenges of the Philosophers, 1477), it is so well known that it is often shortened…**
Do to other as thou wouldst they should do to thee, and do to none other but as thou wouldst be done to.
A logical proposition that derives from the Golden Rule is that we are more likely to enjoy life if we contribute good deeds rather than bad ones. First, we get the social, psychological and spiritual comfort of having done something good for other people. Second, because we contribute good things to the world, we make the world better. And since we live in the world, by contributing good things, we are directly making our experiences in the world better. Read more at www.enotes.com
It sounds easy and makes a lot of sense. However many people say they don’t witness this occurring, that people don’t treat their neighbors with loving kindness or common courtesies anymore. I have a theory about this. I think there is such a deficit of self-love and self-care pervading our society and just an overall feeling of anger that people are treating others exactly as they treat themselves, very poorly. Self-love is the belief you hold that you are a valuable and worthy person. An example of self-love is when you have a positive view of yourself and are confident in yourself and your place in the world. Your Dictionary definition and usage example.
Our outer worlds are a mirror of our inner worlds. We are creating what our individual and the collective consciousness is thinking about, those reels that play in our heads as well as on our TV and computer screens. If we don’t like what is being out pictured then change needs to occur and a good place to begin would be to start to practice self-love and self-care.
It starts with us!!
Louise Lynn Hay (October 8, 1926 – August 30, 2017) an American motivational author and the founder of Hay House and author of several New Thought self-help books, including the 1984 book, “You Can Heal Your Life,” put it beautifully when she said:
I found there is only one thing that heals every problem and that is: to know how to love thyself.
Louise Hay passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 30th, 2017. Coincidentally, she passed away on the same night that Wayne Dyer, her dear friend and motivational speaker and author, did, two years ago.
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**The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary ||Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.