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05/08/2019
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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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JUL

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

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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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Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

 

216 Comments leave one →
  1. Michael David Oyco permalink
    06/08/2019 5:02 am

    Its true and must always be in practice. Kind of similar to the phrase – What you sow is what you reap. So always sow with the best seeds and in the best practice. =)

  2. Adriana permalink
    06/08/2019 6:20 am

    Love the quote/poem by Allen. This was such an inspiring post. Obsessed with your blog.

  3. Kuntala permalink
    06/08/2019 9:17 am

    Learned the new concept of golden rule. Very inspiring read. We need to love others to be loved by others. If I hurt others I am prone to get hurt. Apt and true

  4. HilLesha permalink
    06/08/2019 11:42 am

    I couldn’t agree more. This is such an important and valuable reminder! Thank you for sharing this.

  5. Stephanie permalink
    06/08/2019 11:44 am

    It’s so important to treat others the way you want to be treated. We have had this discussion a lot with my boys lately. They are 4 and 6 and don’t fully understand yet, but when one does something to the other I ask “would you be upset if he did that to you?” and when they answer yes I remind them to think about that and be nice. It’s hard, sometimes, but it can be done!

  6. Brianne Tursi Manz permalink
    06/08/2019 11:51 am

    From a young age, a lot of us are taught the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” I think it’s human nature for us to want to be treated well, and understand we’ll reciprocate.

  7. Colleen permalink
    06/08/2019 11:53 am

    I love this. This world is getting crazier and crazier, and I always says it’s because people have forgotten this simple life rule. Treat others as you’d want to be treated. It’s that easy.

  8. Janell permalink
    06/08/2019 1:11 pm

    The Golden Rule is definitely the basis of humanity! I’d like to believe much of it is based in empathy, something many children just aren’t taught today.

  9. musingsandadventureswriter permalink
    06/08/2019 2:42 pm

    That Brothers Grimm story is poignant and so true. Do unto others and such. You cannot treat your elder parent that way.

  10. Bree L. permalink
    06/08/2019 3:19 pm

    I have striven my whole life to live by the golden rule. This post really inspires me to continue to appreciate that value in myself!

  11. Lian Wright permalink
    06/08/2019 3:46 pm

    I believe in The Golden Rule. I feel if people treated each other well, there would be less strife. I also believe in Karma and putting good out in the universe will bring good back to you.

  12. Marjie Mare permalink
    06/08/2019 4:12 pm

    I always get the greatest inspiration from your motivational post. Thanks for sharing this one today, it was well needed.

  13. thesharonkay permalink
    06/08/2019 4:42 pm

    It is so important to treat others with the kind of respect with which we would like to be treated. It is sometimes too easy to get caught up in the “have it my way” mentality that we forget living by the Golden Rule is a win-win for everyone.

  14. Christa Anne permalink
    06/08/2019 6:28 pm

    I try to live The Golden Rule but like most things, it can be difficult. Sometimes I need to work on grace.

  15. Gervin Khan permalink
    06/08/2019 6:42 pm

    Golden rule is an important rule in my life. I believe in what it said that don’t do to others what others don’t want to do unto you. I am always live by with that since when I was a kid.

  16. Kate Loves Travel permalink
    06/08/2019 9:17 pm

    Treating others as you would wish to be treated is definitely the Golden Rule in our house… but I find it sad how many people don’t abide by it when it’s such an easy thing to do.

  17. travelwisesr permalink
    06/08/2019 9:26 pm

    To me the Golden rules are the basis in a lot many cases which serve as a guide to living a life of fulfillment.Nice read.

  18. explorewithnelly permalink
    06/08/2019 10:12 pm

    Such a strong message behind the quote, Do unto others what you would like done to you. Thanks for this

  19. TweenselMom (@TweenselMom) permalink
    06/08/2019 11:18 pm

    Sometimes, there are people who just want to do something mean to us, not because we did the same, but because that’s how they are. They may be having something going on in their life, and sometimes what we can do is just to pray for them.

  20. StressedMum (@stressedmum01) permalink
    06/08/2019 11:39 pm

    I was always taught to treat others as you would like to be treated yourself, and I have always told my kids the same. I just wish a lot of other people would follow this rule x

  21. Alexandra Cook permalink
    07/08/2019 12:23 am

    The golden rules is one thing that I always keep on my minds since I was a kid. My mom taught me about how I treat others and will always remember this.

  22. AMY permalink
    07/08/2019 12:26 am

    I believe that the golden rule is a lifetime practice. So sad that many people don’t do this. We should always respect other.

  23. Arunas permalink
    07/08/2019 1:24 am

    It’s true: the rule of treating others as you would want to be treated in their place will ultimately lead to your own happiness. Don’t control others, be friendly, be helpful, stop criticizing others, be a child – it is simple.

  24. chelf permalink
    07/08/2019 2:57 am

    My golden rule: Do good, to the best of your ability. Help yourself first, if you don’t you wont be able to help others. Do your best, it’s ok to fail as long as you try.

  25. vballangel5 permalink
    07/08/2019 4:01 am

    I was actually just discussing the golden rule with my children before school starts

  26. Ruth I permalink
    07/08/2019 4:13 am

    That saying creates so much sense and meaning in different ways. One quote can actually change someone. This has a broader meaning to me.

  27. Christina permalink
    07/08/2019 4:44 am

    Long read but worth it. Thanks for sharing

  28. Geraline Batarra permalink
    07/08/2019 5:06 am

    I definitely agree with those quotes.. Jyst do good and feel good. Every thing will be fine. Very nice blog.

  29. floridforest permalink
    07/08/2019 5:50 am

    If only more people would follow the golden rule!

  30. couponmamacita permalink
    07/08/2019 6:41 am

    Love that quote! I just love all your motivation posts, you keep me so energized! Thanks for sharing.

  31. The JOYOUS Living (@thejoyousliving) permalink
    07/08/2019 6:46 am

    always love your posts, Elizabeth! the graphic of the hands holding a forest type scene is awesome!! did you make that one?

    Joy

  32. emman damian permalink
    07/08/2019 7:14 am

    I love the golden rule. I think the golden rule means the one rule that you should follow by heart and mind.

  33. Cherishingflo permalink
    07/08/2019 7:16 am

    I love this! My own interpretation of the Golden Rule was to treat people how you’d want them to treat you!

  34. Kristen permalink
    07/08/2019 10:04 am

    These are great motivational points of reference. I appreciate you sharing these words of affirmation.

  35. Viano Dee permalink
    07/08/2019 10:59 am

    This is so true. The Golden rule should not be overlooked. We get in the same fold or even more what we dish out to others. The story you shared has a great powerful lesson — “Do to others what you will have them do to you.

  36. LuciWest permalink
    07/08/2019 11:37 am

    While I’m a big believer and follower of the Golden Rule (positive + negative), I wasn’t familiar with the “wish” version. That’s a beautiful concept upon which to mediate. Thank you!

  37. Flossie permalink
    07/08/2019 2:16 pm

    I had no idea there even WAS a golden rule day! What a great idea. My children’s preschool was at our church but was non-sectarian; the only “religious doctrine” they taught, from the 2’s classes all the way through pre-K, was to treat others as you would like to be treated. 🙂

  38. Emily Fata permalink
    07/08/2019 3:33 pm

    I actually volunteer for a charity (Student Unity Project) that centres completely around the Golden Rule! It’s such a brilliant thing to keep in mind in your daily life.

  39. Sarah Emery permalink
    07/08/2019 3:36 pm

    What a great reminder of the Golden Rule!

  40. Adventures with Shelby permalink
    07/08/2019 4:06 pm

    I think this is important to keep in mind!

  41. Liz @ Scary Tech for Bloggers permalink
    07/08/2019 4:19 pm

    This is such an old lesson, but one that is still so important. I think kids these days make everything so complicated, but if they could just your internalized this principle everyone would be better off.

  42. twinspirational permalink
    07/08/2019 10:29 pm

    Sometimes we won’t realize a thing until the younger generation taught us too. Such a great example of don’t do to others what you don’t want to do unto you.

  43. Neil Alvin Nicerio permalink
    08/08/2019 3:50 am

    I learned something new again by reading your articles. Great job.

  44. Luna S permalink
    08/08/2019 4:48 am

    I’ve never read that short story by the Brothers Grimm, thanks for including that in here.

  45. Jaana McEntee permalink
    08/08/2019 5:50 am

    I didnt know about the golden rule day.Thank you for this insightful read.

  46. Nichelle Womack - The Start Up Ceo permalink
    08/08/2019 1:54 pm

    You stated we all want to be treated well. I so agree. The passage in the bible says “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” TI believe this ties into what happens to us throughout life.Great points made here.

  47. You, Me and Benny permalink
    08/08/2019 2:13 pm

    Oh that Grimm story is really cool! I’ve never seen that before!

  48. Van Cast permalink
    08/08/2019 9:35 pm

    Yes, it’s a very important principle, you always have to respect others. Teaching this to our children is a “must”.

  49. Ritu Sharma permalink
    09/08/2019 12:55 am

    I have something that I call my Golden Rule. It goes something like this: Do unto others twenty-five percent better than you expect them to do unto you

  50. Lavern Moore permalink
    09/08/2019 2:03 am

    Not sure how I feel about the golden rule since people have different expectations on how they would like to be treated. Need to ponder.

  51. Purva permalink
    09/08/2019 4:24 am

    Well said. Do onto others what you’d have others do into you. Your posts are so rightful and motivating.

  52. Traveling Morion permalink
    09/08/2019 4:55 am

    You’re posts here inspires me! I’ll definitely bookmark this blog and read at least 1 post per day – please keep on sharing positive thoughts!

  53. Adriana permalink
    09/08/2019 6:04 am

    Being in tuned with our inner self will make us better. I love thiese quotes that you have shared. SO motivational and very inspirational.

  54. Chad permalink
    09/08/2019 6:22 am

    Do to others what you would want done for you! I wish everyone does this really, the world would have been so different.

  55. kevin Akidi permalink
    09/08/2019 6:39 am

    The world would be a much better place if everyone followed the golden rule. But we are way to selfish and self-centered, it is all about “i” instead of we. It shouldn’t be hard to do to others what we would want done to us because we know exactly what that would feel like.

  56. Manavi permalink
    09/08/2019 7:31 am

    Glad I stumbled onto your blog…lot of life lessons to remember and practise.

  57. Sanjota Purohit permalink
    09/08/2019 3:48 pm

    “To treat people like you want to be treated” we should remember this while interacting with each and every person.

  58. clydequin93 permalink
    09/08/2019 10:00 pm

    This is really true, and I think of this rule all the time. This post is like the first lesson this morning and everyone should be reminded of this one.

  59. Francisco permalink
    09/08/2019 10:25 pm

    World would be a better place if we all followed the golden rule!

  60. Clarice permalink
    09/08/2019 10:47 pm

    This is actually one of my favorite quotes from Confucious. It is simple but deep. It is something that we could apply in almost everything that we do and on how we treat others. Thank you for sharing this. It is definitely a great reminder to all.

  61. TweenselMom (@TweenselMom) permalink
    09/08/2019 11:29 pm

    Wow, the golden rule. If all person will just abide by this single rule, there will be no wars and pain ever.

  62. Evan permalink
    10/08/2019 12:07 am

    Loved the article, will definitely be back for more. It is true how we all have a different view of how and what things are interpreted as. Need to investigate that moral compass of mine…

  63. Blairvillanueva permalink
    10/08/2019 2:00 am

    My parents taught us this Golden Rule and I am proud to carry that lesson. I would be proud to share the same to my future family and kids.

  64. Haley permalink
    10/08/2019 5:06 am

    Omg the story of the old man! 😭😭😭 So touching. It’s critical to put positivity into this world. Thank you for a lovely post!

  65. JM de Guzman permalink
    10/08/2019 5:27 am

    Very powerful quote and totally agree with it. Simple yet it has really strong meaning behind.

  66. sparky permalink
    10/08/2019 7:51 am

    I wish everyone knew about and practiced the golden rule. The world would be a much different place.

  67. Alexandra permalink
    10/08/2019 7:48 pm

    Treat others as you would like to be treated. You can’t go wrong with that!

  68. Poorna Banerjee permalink
    10/08/2019 8:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing – these are motivational indeed!

  69. Louise x (@withlovefromlou) permalink
    10/08/2019 9:44 pm

    Great post. It really got me thinking and hopefully motivated me to do better this week. Thank you 🙂

    Louise

  70. muideen Samuel permalink
    10/08/2019 11:43 pm

    This is so motivating, thanks for sharing this awesome article.

  71. ansh997x permalink
    11/08/2019 1:29 am

    So awesome to learn about all these things. Will sure try your tips.

  72. Carmelina Castillo permalink
    11/08/2019 4:13 am

    This is a very interesting topic to think about. I really enjoyed reading how other philosophers interpret the Golden Rule. I’ll be sure to think about how I would interpret it.

  73. Khushboo permalink
    11/08/2019 5:30 am

    Thats a very beautiful post. I love reading your post they are really very different

  74. JenRa permalink
    11/08/2019 5:32 am

    What a great read! Thank you so much for sharing

  75. Rose A (@mail4rosey) permalink
    11/08/2019 7:25 am

    This is something I instill in my children too. I teach and I have seen children who are very well mannered. I don’t think it’s disappeared like some do, but it is a lot less of a given than when I was a kid, for sure.

  76. Angela permalink
    11/08/2019 8:07 am

    Such a simple maxim to live by but one which would make life nicer for everyone, including ourselves, if we lived by it. If we treat others with politeness and kindness then we may not always get the same in return but we can at least feel good about our own actions.

  77. Blair Villanueva permalink
    11/08/2019 5:38 pm

    Following the Golden Rule would give us a better life and understanding on what surrounds us.

  78. Krysten (@WeirdGirlBlog) permalink
    12/08/2019 3:44 am

    Unfortunatenly I don’t think very many people follow the golden rule these days. The way I’m treated at work by clients is appaling. It’s too bad.

  79. Adventures with Shelby permalink
    12/08/2019 4:17 am

    This is a great read!

  80. Gervin Khan permalink
    12/08/2019 4:45 am

    I grew up and always live by with this rule. When I was a kid my parents taught me that we should love and respect other people and other people will do the same.

  81. Sanjota Purohit permalink
    12/08/2019 5:31 am

    “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” I will remember this quote for lifetime.

  82. Lina permalink
    12/08/2019 7:53 am

    Love this golden rule so much! I wish all people knew about this. This world deserve better people!

  83. Sarah permalink
    12/08/2019 8:16 am

    I feel like I’ve been saying this golden rule on repeat for my kids lately. Always a good reminder though.

  84. Farah Al Zadjaly permalink
    12/08/2019 8:28 am

    This post made me smile… It is inspiring and definitely motivation. Its nice to come across such post in such a hectic day.

  85. toastycritic permalink
    12/08/2019 9:55 am

    I think most people confuse what that rule really means thinking it means treat others as you would expect to be treated. And that’s not the same as treating them as you would want them to treat you. Whole other ballgame there.

  86. Crystal Gempko permalink
    12/08/2019 10:39 am

    I am so excited to read your upcoming articles for Motivation Mondays in August! They are some of my favorites of yours to read! 🙂

  87. Christopher Mitchell permalink
    12/08/2019 5:07 pm

    I appreciate how many parables and things that your reference when you’re discussing these sorts of topics. Thanks a lot for the continued insight!

  88. itsasweetsweetworld permalink
    12/08/2019 5:18 pm

    If we start to treat others like we would like to be treated, the world would truly become a peaceful place.

  89. Agnes Vazhure permalink
    13/08/2019 1:45 am

    Among the rules, this is my favorite! And I am living my life in this rule! How I wish we all know this rule and apply it in our daily living no matter what the cost.

  90. colossalumbrella permalink
    13/08/2019 3:17 am

    Your post always bring something interesting! I completely agree with you… Golden rule is our interpretation of ourself and there is always room for error.

  91. Eileen M Loya permalink
    13/08/2019 3:17 am

    If only every living person would follow this Golden Rule, our world would be such a wonderful place! Putting ourselves in the shoes of others will make us think twice before we do or say something we will regret later.

  92. Ann permalink
    13/08/2019 4:41 am

    Nope, did not know that April 5th is Golden Rule Day – you learn something new every day. I love the idea of honoring our planet, something that many take for granted. I am not sure we even can justify our excesses when some people have so little. Food for thought!

  93. Khushboo Motihar (@kbmotihar) permalink
    13/08/2019 5:04 am

    I loved reading Grimms Brothers stories as a child and I remember The Old Man and His Grandson. It was great reading about the golden rule by Jim Yerman.

  94. Kuntala Banerjee Bhattacharya permalink
    13/08/2019 8:50 am

    I liked the golden rule. There is so much positive energy into it. It actually provides a new meaning to life and how to lead a life with positivity.

  95. Michelle Christie permalink
    13/08/2019 9:47 am

    A power-pack post of goodness. Reciprocity is such a beautiful word and put to action solves almost all human conflict. This post is inspiring, thought-provoking and filled with so many golden-nuggets. Thanks for sharing and keep inspiring and motivating!

  96. Pink Frenzy/Öku Möku (@Pink_Frenzy) permalink
    13/08/2019 8:16 pm

    I agree with the Golden Rule and it was something my mom taught me when I was a child x

    Laura

  97. Bindu Thomas permalink
    13/08/2019 9:48 pm

    My version of the Golden Rule would be not to rush to judgement about others, same as I wouldn’t want to be judged by people who do not understand my circumstances or state at a particular time. It’s easy to judge others, and put them down; you never know what they are going through at the moment.

  98. StressedMum (@stressedmum01) permalink
    13/08/2019 11:31 pm

    I was always told to treat others as you would like to be treated and always told my children this. Such an important and easy lesson

  99. Nichelle permalink
    14/08/2019 3:53 am

    I love golden rules and for the most part I’m excited about Monday. It depends on how busy my weekend is or was. I try to have a positive attitude regardless. Monday’s are new beginnings and I love how your blog focuses on the good of Monday.

  100. Jaana McEntee permalink
    14/08/2019 3:56 am

    I didn’t know about the Golden Rule Day until now, it was very interesting read, thank you!

  101. Wren Marie permalink
    14/08/2019 5:46 am

    This is such an important thing to follow. Something I have strived to teach my daughters and how I live as well.

  102. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo permalink
    14/08/2019 5:49 am

    The Golden Rule was something we were constantly reminded of while growing up, and it’s the same thing I’ve taught to my son.

  103. Kenneth permalink
    14/08/2019 6:43 am

    These simple thoughts “Golden Rules” are really vital to one’s lives. Its so basic that we really take it for granted. But this really makes live easier and positive.

  104. Sundeep permalink
    14/08/2019 7:49 am

    These are some pearls of wisdom my friend and it is actually a guidebook for living. It must be saved and referred to again and again whenever one wants to introspect.

  105. A Nation of Moms permalink
    14/08/2019 10:57 am

    I feel like people slowly let this concept slip on a daily basis. I wish more people were kind and generous. We should all be thinking about that golden rule!

  106. Danielle permalink
    14/08/2019 2:03 pm

    I was always under the impression that the Golden Rule was to do unto others as you would want done to you. I for sure try to follow this rule and teach my children too as well.

  107. dreaming.loud permalink
    14/08/2019 6:05 pm

    I really love this quote and the stories are so inspiring.. Such a great example and also reminds us to be a great example to children cuz they always look up to us.

  108. beautybeyondphysique permalink
    14/08/2019 7:04 pm

    such a great post. Love the golden rule

  109. ZyraKuma permalink
    15/08/2019 12:02 am

    The story about the man and his grandson really touched my heart.

  110. Evan Petzer permalink
    15/08/2019 2:02 am

    We should make a point of treating people well.

  111. TweenselMom (@TweenselMom) permalink
    15/08/2019 2:41 am

    the golden rule is not always true when you are dealing with people, but I think with God, what we give Him will always reap something much better

  112. tingandthings.com permalink
    15/08/2019 5:52 am

    Need to keep remind myself for having positivity. Thanks for the tip

  113. Nick DePasquale permalink
    15/08/2019 6:39 am

    So true! Sadly many people don’t live out the Golden Rule!

  114. daddy realness permalink
    15/08/2019 6:58 am

    The Old Man and His Grandson is such a perfect example of the Golden Rule. Good read!

  115. ♡Stephanie Stebbins♡ (@stephsteb) permalink
    15/08/2019 9:33 am

    The first rule my mother taught me was the Golden Rule. It’s served me well throughout my life that’s for sure!

  116. Flossie permalink
    15/08/2019 12:44 pm

    I would say the golden rule, in my own words, is to treat others the way you’d like to be treated. And yes, I know I often fall short of this – but it’s so important to try. This is one of the reasons we picked our kids’ preschool – it was a church based one, but this was the only religious doctrine they taught, from first day to last.

  117. Nichelle permalink
    15/08/2019 6:33 pm

    Reciprocity has always been my golden rule too. Basically I take this perception from the bible, “do unto others as they do unto you.”

    Most people don’t like resistance, but I believe it to be two sided. It can be to your advantage and it can be the opposite.

  118. Geraline Batarra permalink
    15/08/2019 8:02 pm

    Nice blog.. I love the stories and lesson here.. I hope many people would practice the golden rule.. 😘

  119. arun permalink
    15/08/2019 11:03 pm

    Completely agree. Don’t do that to others that you don’t want to be done to you. Love the poetry. I have read this story too. This is so true, if you do Injustice to others it returns to you too one day.

  120. Anny Bon permalink
    15/08/2019 11:31 pm

    Motivation is what we all need in our lives. Setting the golden rules is one the most important things in life. This article is so informative and thanx for sharing.

  121. The Travel Bunny permalink
    16/08/2019 12:08 am

    I had no idea Motivation Monday was a thing! Since I blog from home, Monday is usually the low-key day to recover from the weekend travels I blog about.

  122. cleverlychanging permalink
    16/08/2019 2:53 am

    This quote you shared, by Andrew Gillum, “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,” is one of my favorites.

  123. Angela Ricardo Bethea permalink
    16/08/2019 5:26 am

    This is the rule that runs my entire life! I hope one day everyone will be guided their life by this principle!

  124. You, Me and Benny permalink
    16/08/2019 5:54 am

    I wish more people went by this! It seems to be lost these days

  125. Sophia permalink
    16/08/2019 10:12 am

    This was such a beautiful Monday motivation. I love your photos the most out of these posts.

  126. Claudia H. Blanton permalink
    16/08/2019 11:11 am

    there are some strange holidays out there – Golden Rule Day? I love the idea, but now I am absolutely wondering how those special “fun” holidays were developed, in the first place. Blessings!

  127. Holly Lasha permalink
    16/08/2019 11:44 am

    I have always considered this when dealing with others. It’s important to place perspective on your choices.

  128. missmisanthrop permalink
    16/08/2019 11:53 am

    This is a wonderful post. I had no idea there was a golden rule day!

  129. brianmayroam permalink
    16/08/2019 2:09 pm

    No, I was no aware that April 5 is Golden Rule Day. I will be back for more!

  130. Kiwi permalink
    16/08/2019 9:36 pm

    I love the way you broke down the interpretation of the Golden Rule. It is about moral compass and how to be mindful about it and in maybe spiritual practices it is to be upheld to be a good human.

  131. Dalene Ekirapa permalink
    17/08/2019 2:06 am

    Wow! I had never heard about the Golden day before. But it’s such a good initiative to honor the whole of creation. Since we always want good to be done to us, we’d better do good to others too.

  132. Agnes Vazhure permalink
    17/08/2019 3:10 am

    Teaching kids this golden rule is very important! They will live their lives in beautiful ways and at an early age they can make this world also a beautiful place again.

  133. Lana permalink
    17/08/2019 5:57 am

    Love that you are teaching your family the golden rule! It’s surprising how many don’t know the golden rule and fail to treat others even with basic respect. We show our kids how to treat others in our actions❤️

  134. Wren Marie permalink
    17/08/2019 7:11 am

    treating others how you would want to be treated is something I have taught my daughters. Simple gestures of kindness go a long way for people.

  135. Danielle W. permalink
    17/08/2019 7:40 am

    The Golden Rule was always such an important part of my childhood. While there are slight variations of it, the message is always the same. This is something I am passing to my children as well.

  136. Catherine Santiago Jose permalink
    17/08/2019 9:49 am

    My parents always told me that if you want to be love by others then you should love others. If you want them to respect you , you should respect them first. For me golden rule is like a give and take relationship where in both party will benefit on the things that we are going to do.

  137. Jasmine M. permalink
    17/08/2019 11:58 am

    I love your quote by Confucius! I learned about him in a world religion class in college, and his words truly are motivational. Thank you for sharing!

  138. Neil Alvin permalink
    18/08/2019 4:25 am

    Great read. Thanks for sharing. Everything balances each other.

  139. onehoppymomma permalink
    18/08/2019 12:30 pm

    Ive always tried to teach my kids to be kind to all people even if they have wronged you.

  140. Sanjota Purohit permalink
    18/08/2019 1:16 pm

    Taking this point home “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”

  141. vanniebeauty permalink
    18/08/2019 3:05 pm

    wow I did not know April 5th is Golden Rule day. Thank you for sharing this informative post.

  142. nmgilb permalink
    18/08/2019 3:43 pm

    The golden rule is a constant theme that we try to teach our children. It’s the easiest way to teach right and wrong.

  143. Binge on Basics permalink
    18/08/2019 6:39 pm

    I think we must all practice the golden rule to make this world a better place

  144. amayszingblogs permalink
    18/08/2019 8:00 pm

    Treat others the way you would like to be treated. Even if you don’t receive it in return. It’s so important to treat others without any benefit because people nowadays they took you for granted.

  145. Andrew McKoscielecky permalink
    19/08/2019 1:04 am

    Wow, I really agree with the Golden Rule!

  146. Francisco permalink
    19/08/2019 1:57 am

    The golden rule is a good one! Its a shame so many people dont follow it

  147. Flossie permalink
    19/08/2019 2:58 am

    The Golden Rule is so important. We chose our daughters’ preschool in part because this was the school’s central teaching.

  148. Ami Rose permalink
    19/08/2019 3:07 am

    I always love your Motivation Monday’s posts! I love all of the quotes!

    Ami xxx

  149. Eric Gamble permalink
    19/08/2019 4:37 am

    There really is no other rule that crosses all cultures and religions more than the golden rule. It is the foundation for all human kind to live by. I always use it, HOPEFULLY, in how I help and relate to anyone in my life. It is why I shy away from sinful or harmful activities towards others but also why I run towards other actions that may seem crazy or irrational.
    Love the Grimm story, reading all of their stories right now and recently read that one and love it.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/09/2019 9:28 pm

      Indeed… I hear you

  150. Samar permalink
    19/08/2019 10:21 am

    Can’t believe you wrote a poem on that.

    GIrl, you have got some real talent. Loved it.

    The message about saving the environment and Golden rule was really loud and clear.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/09/2019 9:25 pm

      Hahaha You make me laugh with your witty comments. 🙂

  151. Ewa permalink
    19/08/2019 11:45 am

    I remember that when I was a child my grandmother always told me such golden rules because she wanted to be sure that I would be a good child and then an honest adult. She liked to change, “Do to others what you want them to do to you.” In many different ways

  152. Ewuzie Kingsley permalink
    19/08/2019 12:21 pm

    Your motivation Monday post are always touching and inspiring.. What goes around comes around.. Your story about the old man is touching, we treat people in a way not knowing that what we do unto other will someday be done unto us..

  153. Bella permalink
    19/08/2019 3:08 pm

    This is such a great post! totally needed this!

  154. Crystal Gempko permalink
    19/08/2019 6:07 pm

    Your posts are always so uplifting and inspiring 🙂

  155. kidneyfornikki permalink
    19/08/2019 7:11 pm

    I have been called :St. Nikki” before because I try to be nice and do the right things. It can be hard but all you can do is try to live your life according to the golden rule! Thanks for sharing!

  156. TweenselMom (@TweenselMom) permalink
    19/08/2019 10:02 pm

    The golden rule was given by our Creator himself, and it will be wise for us to adhere to it.

  157. Aanya permalink
    20/08/2019 1:53 am

    I love your writing!

  158. Dana Peller (@Pellerini) permalink
    20/08/2019 4:04 am

    That golden rule is so important. I’ve always preached this to family and friends.

  159. Crickette, The Things I Have to Say permalink
    20/08/2019 6:07 am

    I’ve always kept the golden rule to heart… I think that’s a good self check because sometimes we forget other people’s feelings.

  160. Bree L. permalink
    20/08/2019 6:27 am

    The golden rule is such a great rule. I love my life by it, its more like a code!

  161. Joanna permalink
    20/08/2019 7:35 am

    These lines bear with them so much meaning: “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.” And I have been feeling this during the past few days, when words don’t seem to have the right meaning, and they don’t seem to reach the other persons as felt and intended.

  162. Jackline A permalink
    20/08/2019 9:35 am

    I have never heard of the Golden rule. i had not idea that it was related to the planet.

  163. Rhonda Albom permalink
    20/08/2019 11:59 am

    Thank you for bringing this adage to my eyes today. It is often easier to ignore such things and go on your way than spending time being kind to others. The story about The Old Man and His Grandson resonates with the busy world we live in today. It reminds me to take time and help others who are not as fortunate or capable in their lives.

  164. Steph permalink
    20/08/2019 2:07 pm

    ‘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 us and vise versa. ” — This is definitely true. I believe in karma and the energy you put out into the universe will surely come back to you. it may not be in the same form but it will definitely impact you in some ways.

  165. Cindy permalink
    20/08/2019 5:08 pm

    I have tried to live by the Golden Rule ever since I was a child learning about it in church.

  166. Sincerely Jackline permalink
    20/08/2019 7:51 pm

    Great job on this blog..! I really enjoyed reading it. And I agree.. We should always practice compassion.

  167. Phaytea’s Pulse permalink
    20/08/2019 7:54 pm

    This post is very encouraging. We all fall short at one point in time but it is important to know when to retrace our step

  168. mihir gadhvi permalink
    21/08/2019 2:17 am

    golden rules are really important.thanks for sharing

  169. Angela Ricardo Bethea permalink
    21/08/2019 6:14 am

    Do to others what you want them to do to you. This is such an important message that I think most people keep forgetting.

  170. Sophia Damasceno permalink
    21/08/2019 6:25 am

    The earth needs us to take care of it and sometimes we forget that. It is the most important thing.

  171. Team Uy permalink
    21/08/2019 8:17 am

    i was moved by the story of the old man. truly the golden rule is the best thing a person should implant in his mind so that he won’t get lost and forget the most important lesson in life.

  172. 21/08/2019 11:23 am

    If I had to put the golden rule into words, I would say what I tell my son. “Treat other’s and YOURSELF with kindness”.

  173. itsasweetsweetworld permalink
    21/08/2019 9:50 pm

    If we treat others like we expect to be treated, it would truly bring about peace all around.

  174. maartjevansandwijk permalink
    22/08/2019 2:06 am

    Such an important rule! I never knew there was an actual day for it, though! That’s really interesting.

  175. mommysup permalink
    22/08/2019 2:49 am

    I always treat people the way I want to be treated, no matter even if they seem to be in a bad mood!

  176. DeborahMakonorchucks permalink
    22/08/2019 3:13 am

    Really this is really good. More like a reminder. What you do will surely come back to you. Treating people the way you love to be treated.

  177. Ceci Rey permalink
    22/08/2019 5:51 am

    What a great reminder of how to treat others as you would like to be treated. I love the story too. Thanks for sharing!

  178. sn1463 permalink
    22/08/2019 6:09 am

    The golden rule is really the #1 rule to live by!

  179. Life Of Y permalink
    22/08/2019 9:02 am

    Great post. Just what I needed to get some Monday Motivation!!

  180. Kiwi permalink
    22/08/2019 9:27 pm

    Saw your posting on this on IG. People really need to resonate with the Golden rule more often.

  181. Sincerely Jackline permalink
    23/08/2019 6:39 pm

    I love how you define everything here, and that too err is human.. Nobody is perfect, we should just know when to change.

  182. Surekha-dreamingloud permalink
    23/08/2019 7:36 pm

    The Golden rule will surely change any body’s perspective through life.. Being compassionate is essential too for a better world.

  183. Catherine Santiago Jose permalink
    24/08/2019 4:24 pm

    I always live by with this rule in my life because I always have a belief that you do something good, something good will happen. If you respect and love others, others will also love and respect you.

  184. teamryce road3ps permalink
    25/08/2019 12:34 pm

    This is very inspiring. The Golden Rule is taught to kids here in our country from preparatory. Treating others nicely will give you the best karma. Thanks for inspiring.

  185. Kiwi permalink
    25/08/2019 10:10 pm

    i seen you post this on IG. We should always be mindful of the golden rule!

  186. mihir gadhvi permalink
    26/08/2019 6:56 pm

    monday motivation is best thing

  187. Emily Fata permalink
    29/08/2019 5:26 am

    This is such a great read! I actually volunteer for an anti-bullying charity (Student Unity Project) whose main mantra is to do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.

  188. Olya Amanova permalink
    29/08/2019 8:37 am

    It is amazing how you manage to always uplift my spirits with the quality content you share. I have a great time and my literary senses rejoice each time I stop by your website.

  189. Kuntala Banerjee Bhattacharya permalink
    29/08/2019 10:54 am

    I liked the words of Confucius. We must not really impose on others. I believe in it always.

  190. Celebrate Woman (@DiscoverSelf) permalink
    29/08/2019 4:45 pm

    A piece of motivation, inspiration, color and energy – this post has a lot of that! Love your energy, Elizabeth!

  191. Norma permalink
    29/08/2019 6:12 pm

    It’s very important to treat others the same way we want to be treated. It’s always good to be reminded of the golden rule.

  192. SacheaAroundTheWorld permalink
    29/08/2019 8:36 pm

    “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.” This is the mantra to live bu=y!

  193. Renee Theresa permalink
    30/08/2019 9:14 am

    As always, your blog is extremely motivating and inspiring. Keep on posting your beautiful work

  194. Olya Amanova permalink
    30/08/2019 10:03 am

    I developed a routing of coming back to your blog for a daily dose of positivity and inspiration. You’ve managed to become a leading source of uplifting ideas for many, I’m sure.

  195. Lisa Chesser permalink
    30/08/2019 10:32 am

    I wish more people would see how horrible they are to others. I see that in almost everything I do. When I feel hateful, even if the words that come out of my mouth sound nice, I receive a harsh comment or a rough encounter. The same happens when I’m nice, genuinely nice, I receive a loving comment or a tender word.

  196. Matt Epley permalink
    30/08/2019 12:30 pm

    A very simple, but often overlooked maxim to live by. Kindness doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. The golden rule applies to the small and simple things too. Great reminders, Elizabeth!

  197. Maureen permalink
    30/08/2019 4:20 pm

    This is facts! We must be kind and compassionate towards others,and treat others as we would love to be treated.

  198. D'ondra Howard permalink
    31/08/2019 2:07 am

    I think treating others how you want to be treated is essential to remembering we are all human and need to be kind to others if we want the same.

  199. toastycritic permalink
    31/08/2019 3:48 am

    I never thought about carrying out the golden rule farther than how I treated people. But you are so right. I should think about this across a variety of spectrums including how I treat the world around me.

  200. Dalene Ekirapa permalink
    31/08/2019 3:51 am

    Absolute wisdom here! Treat others just how you’d want to be treated too. I think that everytone hsould just make it their decision to embrace the Golden Rule if we have to see harmony in our society. And if we err, we can always get back on track because we have the power to forgive; and we’ll be forgiven too.

  201. Kenny Ngo permalink
    31/08/2019 6:00 am

    I believe in this. We really need to give what we expect in return. One cannot demand something that one does not have the capability of giving.

  202. ZyraKuma permalink
    31/08/2019 7:40 pm

    So true! Humans make mistakes in order to learn from those mistakes. Great post, very inspirational.

  203. Ceci Rey permalink
    31/08/2019 11:47 pm

    The golden rule is a great rule to adhere to. The story attached was fantastic too. Thanks for sharing!

  204. Polly Amora permalink
    02/09/2019 3:24 am

    The ‘Golden Rule’ is what my motto in life. And whenever someone wronged me, even though it’s difficult at first I try to forgive them. I don’t hold grudges as it’s like drinking poison and expect others to get sick. Thank you for the inspiring post!

  205. bythewaygaby permalink
    02/09/2019 10:57 am

    I love this mindset. Personally trying to remember it and implement it into the way of living life. Thank you for reminding us the importance of this thought. 🙂

  206. reikamisakisan permalink
    02/09/2019 11:19 pm

    This is a nice rule and I agree with this, to be honest. People should think before they talk.

  207. missmisanthrop permalink
    03/09/2019 4:55 pm

    These are all great stories, and ones with great morals as well. I’ve known many of these since I was small!

  208. Jasmine M permalink
    04/09/2019 5:09 pm

    I think that a lot of people have forgotten the Golden Rule and that they don’t really think about treating others the way they would like to be treated. It is unfortunate, but that’s just the way that it is. People tend to get caught up in life and don’t apply the golden rule as much.

  209. Lasonia permalink
    06/09/2019 7:01 pm

    This is something I try to live by. I always try to treat people the way I want to be treated.

  210. sincerelymissj permalink
    10/09/2019 10:50 am

    I have never heard of the golden rule, but thanks for the detailed breakdown.

  211. Kevin Akidi permalink
    13/09/2019 5:25 am

    The world would definitely be a better place if everyone treated each other like they want to be treated. We are just too self-centered for that.

  212. Olya Amanova permalink
    13/09/2019 10:31 pm

    I always have beautiful time when visiting your blog. I do combine pleasure with useful time spend. The information you share is beneficial for me and I’m sure for many others. The discovery of this Golden Rule day was new for me. Good to know)

  213. Kelly Martin permalink
    17/09/2019 1:35 am

    This is a great story. We should all treat others how we’d like to be treated ourselves.

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