As a follow on from my blog yesterday, ‘The Golden Rule,’ I wanted to outline some more good practices that incorporate the Golden Rule philosophy:
- We all need empathy, it’s what bonds us together. Empathy allows us to understand and share the feelings of others;
- Compassion is something that we need more. It allows us to touch and understand someone else’s pain, be sympathetic and show pity and concern for other people’s suffering and misfortune;
- As we journey through life, we form opinions of people even if we don’t really know them. It’s important not to judge without knowing and even if we know, not to judge. Simply try to understand;
- I know that if I were to treat someone with kindness and respect I would hope that is what I would get back. It’s important to treat others in the same way you would treat yourself, or your own family;
- I think there are some who will go out of their way to help others, but there is still a weakness there. We all need to do more; particularly with the elderly;
- Listening is a skill that very of us few manage. We have lots to say and want to talk to get our views across; but don’t listen to understand.
The Golden Rule applies to most of what we do in our lives, from helping a blind man across the street to taking a meal round for an elderly relative who is housebound. I believe it is a lifestyle choice that everyone can tap into.
We tend to live our lives without thinking of the bigger picture; the picture of why we’re here in the first place.