I don’t normally share other people’s posts on my blog, but this happens to be one that I really feel needs to be shared. Especially on the first day of a new year and a new decade. It was also written by a phenomenal life coach and and certified angel card reader, who happens to be my mother – Penny Best.
IT IS THE SEASON OF LIGHT AND JOY
It is the season of Light and Joy, a season to celebrate the best of human intentions, generosity, kindness, good will, inspiring words and music, family, friends, and strangers. For some people the Light and Joy do not shine so brightly. There is loneliness, there is lack, there is a sense of isolation and grief. How can we create a society and a world that brings the Christmas Blessings to everyone? And how can we extend this season of tolerance and kindness to last throughout the year?
It has occurred to me that while he was with us, Jesus gave us many examples to show how we can live in harmony and abundance. But at the end of his Sermon on the Mount he told us that if in all things we would treat each other as we ourselves would like to be treated, we would fulfill the Law and the Prophets. And it so happens that this statement or code is found in all major religions/spiritual traditions. Here are some examples:
Hinduism: This is the sum of duty, do not do unto others what would cause pain if done to you.
Buddhism: Treat not others in ways you yourself would find hurtful.
Confucianism: One word which sums up the basis of all good conduct; loving-kindness. Do not do unto others what you would not want done to yourself.
Zoroastrianism: Do not do unto others what is injurious to yourself.
Judaism: What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole Torah, all the rest is commentary.
Islam: Not one of you truly believes until you wish for your neighbor what you wish for yourself.
Baha’i Faith: Lay not on any soul a load that you would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself.
In the Jainism tradition this is extended to include all creatures in the world.
One should treat all other creatures in the world as one would like to be treated.
This Golden Rule would seem to be a code of behavior that will cross cultural and religious differences, one that most people could agree makes sense. If we were to begin to commit to applying this standard in our lives, we could truly bring the Spirit of Christmas to our everyday world all year. I propose to begin a movement to do just that. I am calling it The Golden Rule League. I will post more details on my facebook page over this month. I hope you will consider being a part of this idea.