I want to talk about two significant maxims, the Golden Rule and one attributed to Fyodor Dostoyevky.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”
“Society should not be judged on how it treats its outstanding citizens but by how it treats its criminals”
We’re falling short of taking care of ourselves and one another. Depending on the research, there are close to 600,000 people who are homeless. 30% of our children are raised by a single parent. 43% of our elderly live in loneliness.
While I’m certainly not comparing any of the above to prisoners, I’m saying we’re not treating these at-risk people very well. All too often, we turn to social media and take action through a # versus taking any real or meaningful action. And we’re all guilty of it.
Not only that, but how are we treating ourselves? Are we treating ourselves as someone worthy of respect and love?
“But what can I do?”
We’ve got to tend to the parts of our garden we can touch. We’ve got to take care of ourselves first. To treat ourselves as we’d like others to treat us. Decide who the best version of you is, and get to work becoming that person. Get your house in order, cut your grass, pull your weeds. Take care of your kids, love your parents. Become a leader in your community, it needs you. That’s what you can do.
And you can. Get started.