Golden Rule

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What you do not want others to do to you,

do not do to others.

–Confucius

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Not One of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.

The Golden Rule or ethic of reciprocity is a maxim,[1] ethical code, or morality[2] that essentially states either of the following:

  • (Positive form of Golden Rule): One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.[1]
  • (Negative form of Golden Rule): One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated.
    Main article: Silver Rule

This concept describes a “reciprocal”, or “two-way”, relationship between one’s self and others that involves both sides equally, and in a mutual fashion.[3][4]

This concept can be explained……….read more http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Rule

I’ve heard variations of the Golden Rule since I was a child.  And you can find definitions and variations everywhere.  I believe in this rule or guide line and have claimed to follow it for years.  But what does it mean to live by the Golden Rule?  I’ve always had a difficult time explaining all the aspects of what ethical reciprocity meant, till I stumbled across the following article.  Please take a look at this excerpt and see what you think…….

18 Practical Tips for Living the Golden Rule

……. “With that in mind, let’s take a look at some practical tips for living the Golden Rule in your daily life:

  1. Practice empathy. Make it a habit to try to place yourself in the shoes of another person. Any person. Loved ones, co-workers, people you meet on the street. Really try to understand, to the extent that you can, what it is like to be them, what they are going through, and why they do what they do.
  2. Practice compassion. Once you can understand another person, and feel what they’re going through, learn to want to end their suffering. And when you can, take even a small action to somehow ease their suffering in some way.
  3. How would you want to be treated? The Golden Rule doesn’t really mean that you should treat someone else exactly as you’d want them to treat you … it means that”…. please read more at http://zenhabits.net/18-practicle-tips-for-living-the-golden-rule/

I invite you to give it a try.  You will find it brings peace and happiness to parts of your life and makes others wonder why your so nice.

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