The Forgotten Golden Rule // A Reminder

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The Golden Rule: Treat others the way you’d like to be treated. Or something along those lines. Recently I’ve felt more and more as though people have forgotten the significance of this saying. We’ve pushed it out-of-sight-out-of-mind, and treat it as if it were childs play. The golden rule is not just something we were taught in elementary school, only to be forgotten with the rest of the “childish” rules from which we have grown away. It’s there as a constant reminder for you to always be kind to one another. Treating others the way we would like to be treated is a life lesson that we should take to heart. It applies to every day situations and there are hundreds of examples everywhere you go. We have severely overused this phrase… nearly to the point where it has reached a "cliche level.” However, the simple rule is easily forgotten, especially when we allow our emotions to overrule our judgement.

People should always be striving to be the best version of themselves they can possibly be.Unfortunately, that’s not always necessarily the case. So the question lies, is the best version of yourself putting others down to build yourself up? Does the best version of yourself carry a bitter spirit toward others? My guess is probably not. If these situations are regularly occurring in your life, you should probably refer back to that “forgotten" golden rule again. Because I doubt you would want to be treated in the same manner.

On that note, I believe it is necessary for me to mention the following statement: the golden rule does NOT mean “treat others the way they treat you.”  Especially if you carry a vengeful heart. The golden rule is there as a reminder to love and care for one another, despite the wrong behavior or circumstances being thrown at you. It’s there to help you gain a new perspective and love others as you love yourself, not to give you an excuse to “get even” with them.

I often have to check my thoughts and intentions behind my actions, especially when my feelings have been compromised. It’s so important to take the high road, to be the bigger person, to never allow your emotions to cloud your love for people. You have the power to choose how you act and respond to things that happen in your life; good or bad.

Choose to rise up, humbly and with kindness.

// kenzie

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