Lately I’ve been thinking about an old phrase: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This phrase fits in really well with the concepts of Karma, abundance and good will, and even the concept of prosperity. It’s also a simple and universal way to live your life. There aren’t any racial or location differences to consider, it’s not something that prefers someone over someone else, it’s not really about preference or cost, and it’s something that we can all understand and see how it would work in our own life.
However there is a side to it that makes it a challenging concept to apply: that of not always wanting to unto others as you would want done to you (typically helping them have good in their life since that’s what you want in yours). It’s hard to want to do good to those who have admitted to killing people. It’s hard to do good to those who say really nasty things about you or others. It can be hard to do good to those who have something we are jealous or envious of. It’s sometimes even hard to want to do good to those who seem to have it all because we figure there’s nothing we can give them that would give them any real benefit. And then there are the times we’re so caught up in what we want that we can’t even begin to figure out how to bless others.
If you’re feeling stuck with regard to doing to others as you would have them do to you I would start with something simple: enjoying life more. Enjoyment is our topic this month and I think it is an easy answer to the question. If you’re going to do unto others as you would have them do to you it’s likely that you could work on helping them enjoy life more, and get the same in return. A big part of enjoying life is about the attitude you have towards life, and if your attitude is to enjoy your life and help others enjoy theirs more in return I’d say you’re off to a good start.
Of course doing unto others as you would have them do unto you isn’t just about getting something you want, it’s about living in a way that’s alert to what goes on in the world, and making decisions that are considerate to the health, happiness and longevity of everyone and everything else. Yes we still can make decisions that benefit us, but not if the cost of getting what we want causes significant harm to others. I encourage you to be considerate of the rest of the world when you make decisions, because you don’t want it coming back to bite you.