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The Gift of The Golden Rule

Updated on February 1, 2015
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The author is an amateur artist and photographer that loves to travel with her husband of 35 years.

If you could only teach your children one lesson in life, what would it be?

Think about that...

Just one gift could you give your child as a life lesson that might get help them throughout their life.

A lesson that would build their character, make it strong, their name would be like gold. A person with strength of character goes far in life.

This gift, this lesson would help make them a better person, would help them to continually evolve into a better being.

They would become a better friend, a better son or daughter, a better husband or wife, a better father or mother. They would be a better co-worker.

This gift would help them to be leaders of Men. Others would want to do as they do, for they would know it was the right thing to do.

This gift would build their moral fiber.

What lesson in life could possibly accomplish all of this for our children?

"The Golden Rule".

Confucianism teaches:

Do not do to others what you would not like yourself. Then there will be no resentment against you, either in the family or in the state.

~Analects 12:2

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What is Character

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.

One of my absolute favorite quotes is the following:

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.

~James D. Miles

How poignant is that quote?

It makes me think of when I was driving down the road the other day and as I pulled through a very busy intersection at a four way stop, I noticed a lady getting out of her car and another one walking up to her from the sidewalk and kneeling down by this cat that the car had hit. It was still alive and laying in the road. I teared up thinking of the kindness of both of them. Here was a cat that was hit by a car, either one of them could have just went on their way and ignored this cat in the road. But both the lady that hit the cat and the woman from the sidewalk stopped to assist this helpless creature. Not only did they help that innocent cat in the road, but they touched the hearts of others that were passing by and witnessed their character and kindness.

Christianity teaches:

All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.

~ Matthew 7:1

Were you taught the Golden Rule as a child?

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Teaching Random Acts of Kindness - People brainstorming for random acts of kindness

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These are the kind authors brainstorming for random acts of kindness to others:

Here are a few of their ideas.

1. Send Christmas Cards to the elderly.

2. Donate Money to Charity.

3. Pay for the person behind you on a toll road or in line at a store.

4. Wish three people you don't know Happy Christmas.

5. Give a Ham or Turkey to someone in need.

6. Fulfill the wishlist of an animal shelter.

7. Visit people in a Nursing Home, many of them love company.

Buddhism teaches:

Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.

~Udana-Varga 5,1

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Share inspiring stories with your children...

they will learn from those you admire.

Someone very close to me once stopped and picked up a dog that another had hit in the road then drove off without stopping, she took the dog into a vet. The dog was suffering and she asked if they could put it down. Now this woman has a huge heart and was emotional distraught at the pain the dog was in, and crying when she entered the veterinarian's office.

The clerk at the vet office was blunt and told her it would cost her $175.00 to put the dog down and that they would not do it without her paying cash up front. (I don't know why, I honestly believe they either thought she hit the dog herself, or that it was her dog)

Now this woman is a single mom, with two children who works with disabled children and doesn't have any extra money. She told the clerk that she didn't have that kind of money, nor a credit card but asked if she could pay payments because even though it isn't her dog she can not stand to see this dog suffering.

The clerk refused to allow her to pay payments.

At that point a woman who was standing behind this distraught woman who was holding the dog, handed her own credit card over to the clerk and said "just help her and put it on my card."

I was so touched by the kindness of these two women, that it still brings tears to this day when I think about this. I also hope that their kindness might have touched the heart of the clerk who was refusing the payment.

Judaism teaches:

What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellowman.

This is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary.

~Talmud, Shabbat 3id

Teaching Random Acts of Kindness II - People brainstorming for random acts of kindness

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These are the kind people brainstorming for random acts of kindness to others:

Here are a few of their ideas.

1. Visit lenses of LensMasters you don't know (For Squidoo People)

2. Talk to people you don't know. Try to brighten their day. (Yes - Talk to Strangers....for adults only)

3. Hide a dollar somewhere for someone to find. Just give it away. You may enjoy watching their smiles as they find it too!

4. Write a hand written note to someone you know. "Just Thinking of You". What a wonderful lost art letter writing is. So much more Personal. When is the last time you received a handwritten letter. Wasn't it special for you?

How can we guide our children...

on a daily basis.

When you become a parent you inherit the responsibility for that child completely. Not only do we need to give them sustenance for their body, we also help provide sustenance that helps build their moral fiber. We give them "Food for the soul" so to speak.

We have a huge job ahead of us the very first time we hold our newborn baby in our loving arms.

We have to protect this child, but not overprotect them from life lessons.

As we talked about above, children learn from watching us first. We set the examples they follow.

Then they start asking questions. What is that? and that? They learn honesty as they take each thing we say to heart. We wouldn't dare let them look at a dog and tell our child that it is a zebra. Because we realize as parents they are learning everything about the world from us.

When they start asking "why?" What a wonderful opportunity those questions become when they ask things like: "why should I share with Bobby?" Why shouldn't I take Susie's ball? We begin then by teaching our children the golden rule.

"You should share with Bobby because if he had this candy bar you would probably like him to share with you too, instead of eating the whole thing in front of you."

"Think about how you would feel if Susie took your ball, that wouldn't feel very good would it. Well let's not take hers. We should treat other people like we would like to be treated".

Hinduism teaches:

This is the sum of duty;

do naught onto others what you would not have them do unto you.

~ Mahabharata 5,1517

What life lesson did you learn from your parents - or teach your children?

What life lesson did you

Teaching Random Acts of Kindness III - LensMasters of Squidoo brainstorming for random acts of kindness

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1. Try to make someone smile that seems to be having a bad day.

2. Visit VA Hospitals and Nursing Homes. I love this idea.

There is nothing so sad as when you are visiting a relative in a place like that and you see those people that have no one come to see them.

3. Donate food and blankets to a shelter. Either a homeless shelter, or a rescue shelter for animals. They are all in need.

4. Volunteer at your local Food Bank or help run a drive for the food bank.

In Islam they teach:

No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.

~Sunnah

The Golden Rule teaches us to respect others

Start teaching them respect in the home.

My own theory on helping our children to learn to respect others, is to start by respecting them.

Some may ask, how can I discipline my child and still show them respect.

Respect your child enough to discipline them with an explanation. "I am sending you to your room because It is wrong to hit your brother, how would you feel if he hit you?"

Respect them enough to apologize when you lose control. "What you did was wrong and I still am not happy about it, but I am sorry that I yelled at you like I did, Mommy shouldn't have done that, I just get frustrated when you misbehave." or "I am sorry I told you to shut up, I know what you had to tell me was important, but I get frustrated when you keep interrupting me when I am on the phone".

Once my daughter, as a teen, was very upset and told me that a friends mom had slapped her right across the mouth. But when I asked her why her friends mom had slapped her, she said that friend had called her mom a (Well to put it nicely a "Fricking Female Dog". My jaw dropped at this revelation as my daughter looked up at me with those crocodile tears and said Mom, would you ever slap me. I asked her, would you ever call me that? She said absolutely not. We agreed that neither one of us would have done so. But this was a powerful lesson to me. I knew that my daughter had learned to respect me and that I respected her.

Taoism teaches:

Regard your neighbor’s gain as your gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.

~Tai Shang Kan Yin P’ien

Teaching Randon Acts of Kindness IV - LensMasters of Squidoo brainstorming for random acts of kindness

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1. Buy a present for a child in Foster Care.

2. Give to your neighbors if they come by to sing Christmas Carols. Often they are non-profit groups or church groups.

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What is in a name?

Your name is who you are.

One of my co-workers once told me that her father taught her that if you were going to do a job, do it well. Do it so that you can sign your name to it.

Your name is something you carry with you in your life. Your character rides upon that name.

We need to teach our children that it is not right to get angry, use foul language and chew out someone on facebook. Putting their anger into writing may be a good way to vent, but perhaps writing in a journal that is kept private or venting to a close friend is a better avenue for them.

The name is something they will always have in life. But what people associate with that name follows them. It can affect the jobs they might want in the future and relationships they have with others.

They wouldn't feel good if someone posted those things about them, so they need to think about that before posting.

The should not only respect themselves more than that, but others that shouldn't be subjected to foul language and that anger.

Using the golden rule has often helped me when I am upset with another. I try to imagine what they might be thinking or feeling. What the situation might look like from another persons point of view.

I think having a wider view on life will help your child in their life.

You can help them achieve that through your lessons during their life. If you are like me you will probably learn from them too.

Zoroastrianism teaches:

That nature alone is good which refrains from doing another whatsoever is not good for itself.

~Dadisten-I-dinik, 94,5

Thank you so much for stopping by. This entire page was inspired by something that I read on facebook recently that made me realize that there is a need for the golden rule in our society.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and feelings about what you have read above, or experienced in life here.

Any words of wisdom that might help us all?

Thank you!

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      MakeHairBows 4 years ago

      Truly golden...

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      Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

      Your lens is Golden:) thanks!

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      I love the fact that you have quoted the "Golden Rule" as it is taught in so many religions. Excellent!

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      carolinarobin 5 years ago

      I just reminded my boyfriend of the Golden Rule last night! Lovely lens!

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      Lovely lens. If only more people would abide by this simple rule, the world would be a much better place.