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Living By the Golden Rule, Always

Updated on July 9, 2015

How It Starts

Now,what exactly is the "golden rule"? Many people have different variations of this rule. It all depends on our morals and values. As a young adult, I have figured out what I think is most important. Treat others the way you wish to be treated.I know, I know. I probably sound like a 5 year old. However, moving constantly as a kid never helped with bullying. School was like hell. No friends around to defend me. Looking back now, I wish I could've stood up for myself the righ way. You see.. the bullying made me into a monster. It shaped me to become this rebellious kid as I got older. I made friends along the way, but only through fear. When I lost everything, I switched schools again. I practically ran the high school. Things changed when I moved. I met people, bigger and badder than me. I had to rethink is this who I am? Some bully from the city who is a control freak? Someone who manipulates others and engraves the fear of God on the weaker? What happened to me?

Think, Please..

After I realized this, I sat down and made a list of what I thought was important. I followed that list day by day. I always made sure I helped someone in some way. I went out of my way and talked to a few counselors about what I could do. They suggested volunteer work. At first, I was uneasy. Then, I fell in love with it. I had so much fun helping people and seeing others smile. It gave me the best feeling in the world. I was helping instead of hurting. I started to change my a sophomore year of high school and now, I truly do think I am a better person. I settled down and retained a job. Time heals and changes people. As years pass, you grow up and you watch the world around you. You see how others are put down and it makes me so sad to see stuff like this happen or even hear about it.

It's Everywhere

Now, this job.reminds me so much of my younger years. Remember the bigger and badder bullies I told you about? It's not just in high school. My co workers think it is okay to bully the minors that I work with. We had one girl quit because she was terrified someone would get her. I found out that bullies are everywhere and they balance the world out. So please, the next time you attack someone, physically or emotionally.. make sure it is how you want to be treated. It is absolutely terrifying to admit that bullying is everywhere. That is painful to admit. The world needs balance and maybe the bullying will slowly ease up with time.


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    • serenityjmiller profile image

      Serenity Miller 

      3 years ago from Brookings, SD

      Ooh, very good point, Carolyn! That is an important shift, from a self-centered approach to an others-oriented way of treating people. Nice!

    • Carolyn M Fields profile image

      Carolyn Fields 

      3 years ago from South Dakota, USA

      The Golden Rule is an excellent starting point. Even better, IMHO, is the Platinum Rule: Treat others the way they want to be treated. See the subtle difference?

      The focus of relationships shifts from "this is what I want, so I'll give everyone the same thing" to "let me first understand what they want and then I'll give it to them."

      Still, any variation of the rule is a great way to lead your life. It is wonderful to hear it from someone so young.

    • Erin Morris profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Morris 

      3 years ago from TN

      Well, I think everyone should strive to treat others how they wish to be treated. We do not know what's going on in their life. Even if they are complete jerks, they must have been through something to make them that way. Kill them with kindness and some could change their ways.

    • serenityjmiller profile image

      Serenity Miller 

      3 years ago from Brookings, SD

      It's easy to discount the Golden Rule because "everyone knows that," but apparently, it's not all that simplistic, since almost no one DOES that.


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