“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Matt. 7:12
While the roots of the proverbial Golden Rule are biblical in nature, society has adopted the spirit of the saying in a rather non-secular manner. Treating others the way you’d like to be treated is a rather honorable way of going through life. That said, not everyone truly abides by this philosophy and others find it confusing. Here are a few things you can do to put the idea into practice in your everyday life.
We all know what it is like to struggle or suffer. We all know what it is like to make a mistake. Instead of judging a person’s circumstances and how he got there, practice your ability to understand how the chain of events may have unfolded. Even those who have made mistakes will appreciate a helping hand. Is there something you can do to ease a person’s suffering or burden?
Make the Golden Rule part of your daily meditation or mantra.
The best way to change the way you live is to make it a focus in your everyday life. Read books or blogs written by those who practice the same philosophy, look for small things you can do to practically live by the rule, or spend some time in meditation, thoughtfulness, or prayer each morning.
Identify and overcome your prejudices.
We all have them, whether we like to admit it or not. You know someone with a different skin color, a medical or physical disability, a learning disorder, or a level of attractiveness that doesn’t appeal to you. Maybe you have a particular aversion to the opposite sex or to a different religious community. Look to take away the labels you’ve found to be negative in nature and instead focus on the things you have in common with your fellow human beings. Differences don’t always have to be bad.
You don’t have to take the Golden Rule to any sort of extreme.
Simply do the best you can to live a day-to-day life that will make you happier, more content, and a member of society with something positive to contribute. You’ll soon find yourself living in a better world – even if it’s just your tiny corner of it.