I’m always talking to my children about treating others how they want to be treated. Also known as the Golden Rule. It’s such a hard concept to embrace and practice especially for children.
Today my daughter was complaining about how a friend at school was mean to her. She said that her friend called her dumb and was generally being mean to her. My son said that she should call the friend names and do the same thing to the friend that was done to my daughter.
Children and sometimes adults feel that if someone does something mean to them that they should do the same thing back to that person. I see this a lot when driving. Someone cuts a driver off and the person that was cut off feels the need to drive on the other person’s bumper or give an offending hand signal.
The Golden Rule is so important for us to learn and we should all learn to master it. Treat others with respect or to help those in need even if you know that it will not be returned. We should always strive to be the best person that we can be. This world would be a much better place if more people practiced this rule.
Below are a few ways to show kindness, tolerance, and respect to others:
- Give someone one more chance even though they don’t deserve it. You will feel better. It takes much more effort to remain mad at someone or hold a grudge.
- If you are financially able, pay for the person behind you in the drive through line. You never know when you might be helping someone out or really brighten their day.
- Own up to the fact that a cashier or server forgot to charge you for an item at the grocery or include a drink or dessert on your check at a restaurant.
- Pay a person a compliment. Let the person cleaning the public restroom know that they are doing a great job and that you appreciate what they do.
- Smile at someone. You don’t know what your smile will do for that person. It could make their day and it makes them feel more connected.
- Do something for someone without them asking you. Empty the dishwasher for your spouse or parent, take out the trash or fill up the gas tank for someone.
- Acknowledge the other person’s presence. Wave at a school crossing guard as you drive past.
- Be compassionate even if the other person is rude or mean to you. That person may be going through a rough time. A family member could be sick, a pet is lost or they could be dealing with marital problems.
Practice random acts of kindness even when you are not expecting anything in return. Treating others as we would like to be treated makes us feel alive and good.
Let me know how you show kindness to others.