I was fortunate to have the Golden Rule as one of my life guideposts. Treating others how I want to be treated is part of my rule of life. But there is a fine line I can cross when I’m not constantly seeking awareness and knowing myself.
For example, watching my children have to deal with the chaos of my divorce and the inconsistencies between life at my home and their dad’s home was a tough situation for me. I tried to do everything I could to keep them from feeling the pain and suffering, like I did as a child. My good intentions backfired as I was projecting my pain onto them without even being aware I was doing this. In turn, my heart was hardened by running from the pain. With good counsel, I learned to walk towards the pain and allow love to enter the broken places of my heart which has created softness and compassion. This sacred space melts the fear and brings the darkness into the light. This healing allows me to pass along my softened heart to my children, allowing them the space to live their own life story rather than feeling as if they have to live mine. Living from a soft heart allows and encourages others to live that way – doing unto others as I would have them do unto me.
Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.Matthew 7:12
Lord, thank you for connecting me to Your divine love, softening my heart and filling it with love and compassion.