Do unto others as you would have done to you. Such a simple phrase to remember but more difficult to live by. The world would truly be a different place if we all could exercise this rule. Too often we put our selfish agendas before others and are quick to complain when we feel wronged in the same way. I wish I could say that I practice the golden rule regularly, but the fact is I fail more often than I care to admit. Ironically enough the faults I find in others are the ones I frequently suffer myself. That simple truth is often humbling enough to make me rethink my actions before doing them.
Patience is a virtue, so they say. It’s not uncommon for me to get discouraged when something I anticipate simply doesn’t happen when I want it to. In times like this I try to sit back and appreciate all the things in life that I have been blessed with. Interestingly enough, most of them were things that I really had to wait a long time for or work diligently at. I should really get that list on paper and pull it out the next time I’m stuck in line at the bank/grocery store/DOT/traffic light.
We can learn a lot from kids. I marvel at their ability to make friends so easily. It’s not uncommon for either of our boys to start playing with other kids for hours and not even know their names. For whatever reason this carefree and nondiscriminatory attitude towards relationships becomes more conditional as we age. Judgment of character is important to protect ourselves from being hurt but accepting others for who they are is something I want our kids to practice. I know there will be trials in their lives when they choose their peers, but we try to encourage them to be leaders and good examples to others. Will they fail? Certainly (we all do), but I hope that they can be the friend they’d want for themselves. Friends are a blessing I often take for granted and I am certainly grateful to have them in my life.