Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Only Rule

I’ve been contemplating this topic since I entered the subject in our calendar. There are so very many “rules” that could be discussed but I’m limiting myself to the only rule that truly matters.

And the only rule I strive to always follow.

The Golden Rule: Treat others as you wish to be treated.

I remember very clearly the first time this rule was presented to me (which frankly is almost a miracle because I have horrible long term memory unless it is jogged by auditory or visual stimulus). I was in second grade, had just moved to a new place, and during an assembly, someone (this would be where my memory takes a hike) spoke to us about the Golden Rule.

If my life were a movie, the stage set would be illuminated by a giant burst of golden light shining down from above as a chorus of cherubs sing some otherworldly chant.

Painting of angels

That’s how clearly I still remember that moment. I absorbed and embraced the idea. To treat other people the way I wanted to be treated. So simple and so right.

Happy Tuesday!


ps--I don't always succeed but I try my best. Sorry for being MIA the last few weeks. I'm back now. :)


Rachael Herron said...

That is, indeed, the best rule of all. Unless, of course, one is a masochist. Huh. Now I'm stumped, thinking about that...

L.G.C. Smith said...

Oh, oh, OH! Rachael, that's exactly where my mind went, too. But upon reflection, I think a masochist might be constitutionally unlikely to uphold The Golden Rule.

Lisa, this is so you. You should be in charge of Moral Education for all.

Anonymous said...

When things get whack, you have to go back to the core principles. This is definitely one that helps me know what to do when I get confused.

Sometimes other people don't actually want to be treated the way I want to be treated, but once I figured that out, I was golden :)

Adrienne Miller said...

I love this. Though, I have to admit that I need a little reminding now and then. You're like my shoulder angel, Lisa. I won't say who my shoulder devil is.

Gigi Pandian said...

Here I am, thinking about how annoying most rules are, and then you come up with this lovely rule!

Juliet Blackwell said...

Fave rule ever. And it's good to get kicked in the pants from time to time, and remember to put it into action. Thanks Lisa!

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