In life, there are rules to live by. This lesson is about a particularly special rule. It’s about kindness, generosity, compassion, empathy, goodness…many of the things we talk about all the time. The 27th life lesson is to live the Golden Rule. Girlies, I don’t call it the golden rule, but it is familiar to others by that name. The golden rule is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Matthew 7:12. Or in simpler terms, treat other people as you would hope to be treated. Or as God also asks “…you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Leviticus 19:18.
As we’ve talked about, when someone at school asks to join your recess play time, you always say “Yes, come play with us.” even if the friend isn’t your favorite friend. When you see another friend playing alone, ask the child to come play with you. If you hear someone say something mean to another person, where appropriate, step up and say “That’s not right”. You don’t have to best friends with everyone, but you do need to be friendly and kind. When you see your sister is making her bed, help her. When Mommy is carrying groceries from the car, offer to carry a bag. When Daddy is snow blowing the driveway, grab a shovel and clear the sidewalks.
We don’t expect perfection. You will make mistakes. Sometimes you will be selfish. Sometimes you will criticize. Sometimes you will be unkind. But stop when you see these things creeping into your being. Remember the golden rule. You will be amazed how much happiness comes back to you with simple acts of kindness. It’s infectious. I promise you. With each act of generosity, you will feel a warm, fuzzy feeling in your soul. No one can take that away. You will grow in the knowledge that you are a good person. Your friends and family will trust you, because of your goodness. You will be a shoulder to lean on or a hand to reach for, because you’ve tried to live the golden rule each day. They will know this. You will know this. Live the Golden Rule… it’s a very, very good thing.