Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Golden Rule

 "Do for others as you would like for them to do to/for you."  These are words from Jesus which can be found in Matthew 7:12. Even in the secular world this passage is referred to as "The Golden Rule."
When you live by The Golden Rule life is more rewarding, more fulfilling, better.  You will also have much greater health in body, mind, and soul.

I couldn't resist including this comic because I have actually heard people say and believe the above proclamation.   The truth is, there are really a lot of super nice, generous, and caring people all around if you keep your eyes open and expect good things to happen to and for you.  Generous and caring people; one's who can "make your day" aren't always the ones who "have the gold".

My husband Robert and I have been in the process of moving for what seems like months!  The whole process started when we sold our home and had to be out by August 6, 2013.   I think it took us a good six weeks to sort, give-away, sale, or throw-away twenty-nine plus years worth of "stuff."   Then we got to the other end and we started unpacking and reorganizing in our very nice yet much smaller space.
 If you've moved recently then you might remember that hours melt into days and days melt into a week or more as you continue to unpack and put away the kitchen, the living room, the bedrooms, the bathrooms, the garage, etc.   All the while trying to keep some sort of work ethic going in your business and not doing a very good job of it!   Forget preparing's eat when you remember to and make sure it's as healthy as you can find at the time. 

Imagine our surprise when the first evening in our new place one of our neighbors, a young man named Jeff, came by to ask if we would like to come over to his apartment for dinner.  It was the Saturday of Labor Day weekend and he had cooked up a feast which included several types of homemade tacos (one of my favorite foods).  It was amazing timing and of course we said, "yes"!

 During the first week of our stay in what has now become our new home, we have met many nice people who have done several wonderful things for us.   The kindnesses have made this whole process a lot easier and it has reminded me to always expect the best in people and to be surprised when I get something different.  Never the other way around.   When you live with this attitude your body, mind, and spirit will flourish.  You will also attract more serendipitous incidents and blessings while you also treat others in the way that you would like to be treated.

"Love your neighbor as yourself." This is the second commandment found in Matthew 22:39

Our neighbor Jeff showed us love our first night in our new place.  And you know what?  I don't think he even knew how much his invitation meant to us.  He offered it like it was in his nature.  That's the best kind of offer ever, one that comes from a good heart.  We are very grateful.
 Remember to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

*Remember to join us for our monthly "The Call" coming up on Sunday, September 15th at 6pm Pacific Time.  All you need is a phone.  Call this number:  530-881-1300 When asked key in 642848#  We will be interviewing Christina Sinclair of Beach Babe Fitness who happens to be our youngest daughter.  She will give us some of the latest fitness tips plus we will ask her what it was like growing-up Schuller.   We will also update you regarding my father-in-law's health.

1 comment:

  1. I see the story in many aspects and I think the following though long, relates to the times simple tasks get long and increase intensity.

    When things are more than I expect...I remember this gr8 story

    A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?"

    Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

    She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes." She continued, "The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything."

    Remember to put the glass down


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