Do onto others as you would have done onto you.
Treat others the way you want to be treated.
These are phrases I grew up hearing and they stuck with me. I did stray and have been unkind, mean and harsh with others, but it didn't make me feel very good. It never does.
So I always go back to treating others as I would like to be treated.
Does everyone else do the same? Absolutely not.
And that doesn't mean that I need to stoop to their level and react to their behavior.
I have often heard grown, middle aged adults, name calling and being disrespectful, especially if there is the safety of hiding behind a screen.
When I have asked why they feel the need to do that, the answer is usually 'they started it' or 'that's how those people always treat me.'
It takes nothing to be kind and it creates so much more peace and harmony in the world - something that most people have said they desire to see more of.
If that is the kind of world you would like to see, why not create it?
Instead of living life through reaction, be the change you want to see. Do it regardless of what everyone else is doing.
It's easy to point the finger and say, "look how respectful that group is, we can never be that way.'
But each and everyone of us is part of that collective we.
We are all somebody.
Why not be the somebody that creates the world you want to live in?
Listen to more about Judgments and Being Kind on this episode of Friday at Five.
I tried to fit in to this reality; I did everything I was 'supposed' to do: went to college, got a job, bought a house. And I was absolutely miserable. It was went I lost everything that I found the greatest gift. I found myself. I went back to my roots and explored all things 'hooey,' weird, and 'out there.' I embraced my psychic gifts and started using my intuition again, which allowed me to re-discover the magic and mystery that does exist in this life (when we are brave enough to embrace it).