Tuesday, February 08, 2005

How to Treat Your Neighbor - and Why.

You've heard it said that you should treat your neighbor as you would yourself. You've also heard it said that you should turn the other cheek. Judge not lest ye be judged. Love thine enemy. Sound familiar? These methods of social interaction might seem unsurrmountable to most, and maybe they are. But to the few who can keep them, or at least try to - you are on a path to being a better person.

Just like my Optimism theory, this is a lifestyle choice. These few sentences take time and effort to master. It is so hard in our lives to put others first in your thoughts. But I assure you the rewards for doing so are great. Albeit, they might not seem so at the moment. During our daily lives, we are constantly judging others, flipping people off in traffic (in our heads at least), putting our own interests first, and hating people with whom we've had bad experiences. Do you know what I've come to realize? All that does to me is make me a bitter, arrogant, and pissed off person. It never makes my day any better to flip someone off in traffic. I've never gotten any kind of good feeling out of ruining someone elses day so I could cut ahead.

But have you ever held a door for an elderly woman? Have you ever sung Christmas carols at a children's hospital during Christmas time for terminally ill kids? Have you ever let just one more car go at a traffic jam? If you have, then you know the joys of putting others first. You will be a happier person when you make the choice to be.

It is human nature not to put others first. That is why its such a struggle to master this better lifestyle. But God made us with the ability to choose our own destinies. Humans are amazing creatures because we can overcome our station, we can make our lives better.

So my blog tonight has a simple message: In every walk of life: friendships, romantic relationships, business, and on the street with strangers, always try to follow the Golden Rule, and do not judge others. It really works. Its not a hokey saying. Its the no spin truth.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

ga flips you off

"The whole truth is generally the ally of virtue; a half-truth is always the ally of some vice." - G.K. Chesterton