It’s better to do the “right thing,” instead…NOT. Why “doing what’s right” is always best…if it’s nothing else….it’s simply a matter of SELF-RESPECT. This is not rocket science…. rather, everyday practical living. Doing what is right should come easy for most, because the bible says in LUKE 6:31 – “Do unto others as you would have them to unto you.” Pretty simple and direct.
This works in every situation… makes no difference if it’s personal, family, sports, business, and society in general. Putting other’s first, and treating them just as you would expect to be treated is required…. not only by God… but it helps us maintain our own SELF-RESPECT.
Besides…It makes us feel good….right? We are taught this at home, in school, and early in life, such that… by the time we get into the “work-world,” we shouldn’t have to learn “The Golden Rule,” again; it should be embedded in our hearts and souls. As small children, teens, young adults…adults…middle aged, and old geezers…we all know the Golden Rule. We probably know that bible scripture better than any other.
So, what’s so difficult about applying the Golden Rule? Why do we find it so difficult to treat people fairly, honorably, and respectful? Why is it so hard to apply it? It’s just too simple. Why? Personally, I think the reason I find it difficult, sometimes…. is because I just don’t ever think about it. I mean… I’m kind to people, etc., but “loving my neighbor as myself,” is…well…difficult for me. I’m one of these guys who gets by pretty well…just “liking my neighbor.” For the most part…I don’t love myself. Period. In fact, I NEVER even think about it. That is….until….I failed the MIRROR TEST.
A few months ago, I realized that I was looking at myself in the mirror… un-necessarily. Why? I’ve seen myself millions of times. But, suddenly, I realized it. Seldom have I ever realized that I was observing myself in the mirror. Then, it occurred to me…eh…um… I must “love myself.” There… I said it. I love myself. Ugh!
So… hard as it seems… I’m working on treating others like I treat myself. It’s a “work-in-process,” but I’m working on it….”Loving my neighbor.” Try it yourself.