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“Do not impose on others what you do not wish for yourself.” Confucius

Motivation Mondays: The Golden Rule

Motivation Mondays: The Golden Rule

Treat others as you would like others to treat you (positive or directive form)
Do not treat others in ways that you would not like to be treated (negative or prohibitive form)
What you wish upon others, you wish upon yourself (empathic or responsive form) Wikipedia

The Golden Rule: As far back as I can remember, the maxim or ethic of reciprocity, which is what we also call the Golden Rule, has been a topic of discussion in my household and in other social circles. What is so complicated about such a simple and straightforward bit of wisdom advice? Why do so many ignore it?  If we look at the many paths to spiritual growth, there is some version of this principle included in the guiding rules or dictates of every single one of them. Whether you believe in any of them is not entirely the focus here because the idea of wanting to be treated with dignity and respect is a universal human desire. This universal principle also applies to our planet and all life forms in it. It is easy to forget that when we live by the tenets of the Golden Rule, we must apply that belief to not just our human interactions but, to all interactions including how we treat our earth, our planet, and all that sustains the world we inhabit.
Insights on Resistance: We all want to be treated well even as some of us dish out pain and suffering to others. We all want to be heard and understood yet, some give short shrift to the idea because they see it as idealistic and untenable. Another argument is that rules are arbitrary and force us to comply with situations that might not be within our capacity to honor and adopt. Some dismiss it as religious piety and a challenge for most humans to follow. Perhaps… but can we start with the basics? Why not just consider our humanity in all our interactions.
READ:- The Golden Rule

A Story: “The Old Man and His Grandson” A Brothers Grimm fairy tale
There was once a very old man, whose eyes had become dim, his ears dull of hearing, his knees trembled, and when he sat at table he could hardly hold the spoon, and spilled the broth upon the table-cloth or let it run out of his mouth. His son and his son’s wife were disgusted at this, so the old grandfather, at last, had to sit in the corner behind the stove, and they gave him his food in an earthenware bowl, and not even enough of it. And he used to look towards the table with his eyes full of tears. Once, too, his trembling hands could not hold the bowl, and it fell to the ground and broke. The young wife scolded him, but he said nothing and only sighed. Then they brought him a wooden bowl for a few half-pence, out of which he had to eat. They were once sitting thus when the little grandson of four years old began to gather together some bits of wood upon the ground. “What are you doing there?” asked the father. “I am making a little trough,” answered the child, “for father and mother to eat out of when I am big.”

The man and his wife looked at each other for a while and presently began to cry. Then they took the old grandfather to the table, and henceforth always let him eat with them, and likewise said nothing if he did spill a little of anything. via Wikiversity


“I’m raising three children. I’m teaching my kids what it means, the Golden Rule, to treat people like you want to be treated.” Andrew Gillum

Motivation Mondays: The Golden Rule

Motivation Mondays: The Golden Rule

Listening to wise scriptures, austerity, sacrifice, respectful faith, social welfare, forgiveness, purity of intent, compassion, truth, and self-control—are the ten wealth of character (self). O king aim for these, may you be steadfast in these qualities. These are the basis of prosperity and rightful living… Hence, (keeping these in mind), by self-control and by making dharma (right conduct) your main focus, treat others as you treat yourself. Mahābhārata Shānti-Parva 167:9 Source Wiki

How would you define the Golden Rule in your own words? I think our individual interpretation of the term would probably provide some insight into our own moral compass. Do you have difficulty formulating a version you can live with? Do you see it as a rule that applies to others but not necessarily to you? Have you added a set of terms and conditions wherein the Golden Rule kicks in only if certain conditions you value are met? If you are having trouble thinking about your version, here are a few to consider: Some well-regarded philosophers weighed in with their versions – Avoid doing what you would blame others for doing.” Thales “What you do not want to happen to you, do not do it yourself either. ” Sextus the Pythagorean “Do not do to others that which angers you when they do it to you.” Isocrates. Do any of these ring a bell? I bet they do. When we act with disdain towards others, we are forgetting how maddening the same attitude will make us feel.

Do we all fall short? Of course! To err is human and to forgive is divine. I would add that to err is a vital and dynamic human quality because our errors teach us great life lessons. If you have never made a mistake or dropped the ball in your life you need to chill out. The Golden Rule is not a strict, rigid dictate that sends us to into a dark hole. It is a guide on living and a reminder that our actions bear fruit. When we treat others with dignity and respect, the same is reflected back to o=us and vise versa. Perfection is not required but some effort is necessary. There are times when we are so focused on our needs that we become irascible and inattentive. Being in the frame of mind where we give others their due requires not only self-awareness but effort. If we remind ourselves about the way we like to be treated, we would be reminded that others would appreciate the same. Fair and equal treatment.

READ: The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant
Other versions of same are here and here


The Golden Rule By Allen Steble via poemhunter

Do to others
What you would want done for you
Help others
That they may help you too
Feed those who are hungry
So when you are hungry
You also may be fed
Clothe those who are naked
So they may clothe you when you are helpless and cold
Shed light where there is darkness
So that light may prevail through your darkness
Be cool
Live by the golden rule
Do to other
What you want done for you


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07/01   –  01 SUMMER, 06 D-Day,
07/07  –   07 World Chocolate Day
07/14 –   18 Nelson Mandela Day,
07/21   –  24 International Self-care Day
07/28 –    28 Parents Day, 30 Against Trafficking Day


08/01   –  National Girlfriend Day,
08/04  –   04 FriendshipDay, 0/7 Lighthouse Day
08/11 –   12 World Elephant Day, 15 Natl Relaxation Day
08/18   –  19 World Photography Day, 23 Remembrance Day
08/25 –    26 Women’s Equality Day, 26 MTV Awards

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“To keep the Golden Rule we must put ourselves in other people’s places, but to do that consists in and depends upon picturing ourselves in their places.” Harry Emerson Fosdick

Motivation Mondays: The Golden Rule

Motivation Mondays: The Golden Rule

Motivation Mondays: The Golden Rule

Motivation Mondays: The Golden Rule

Do to others what you want them to do to you. Matthew 7:12
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. Luke 6:31
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Galatians 5:14

Did you know that April 5th is Golden Rule Day?  It is a day to honor our planet, ourselves and each other. I bet most of you have never heard of this day and I wonder why it is not disseminated widely. Perhaps it hasn’t gained the kind of celebrity-driven groundswell because it’s a topic that some would rather avoid. How do we justify our excesses on a planet where so many have nothing?  Come back for more…

The Golden Rule by Jim Yerman  via poemhunter

In a world where we are so connected, we should look within our hearts
And find the reason why, when we’re so close, we still so far apart.

I believe the answer is a simple one and will come as no surprise
For it’s been around since the dawn of man sitting right before our eyes.

If you look at most of the world’s religions, (I remember learning this in school)
A basic lesson in all of them is some form of The Golden Rule.

Ah, but it’s not enough for the religions of the world, the Golden Rule to teach
Another thing I learned in school…we must practice what we preach.

We can point fingers as to the cause but we all shoulder part of the blame
For it’s up to each of us to follow the rule and treat everyone the same.

Is it possible the answer is so simple or am I once again the fool?
For thinking the world would be a better place if we all practiced the Golden Rule.

If it worked, if starting today we all practiced The Golden Rule
And the world became a better place…then I would gladly play the fool.

Any Zen Antics stories via Share

Positive Motivation Tip:  Treat others well and wish others well. All we do come back to us.

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Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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