For your consideration….

“Mrs. Adams, he pushed me.”

“He pushed me first.”

“Mrs. Adams, she hurt my feelings. She said….”

“Well, you said I ….”

“No, I didn’t.”

If we don’t hear this childhood bickering everyday, we have all heard it at some point. Anyone with children or around children can relate. As adults, we often try to settle and dismiss them with words about respect and some version of The Golden Rule. After all, we are trying to raise respectful, responsible and kind citizens. Aren’t we?

Today we are asked to take a step back and see what our children see. We are asked to look at what they will undoubtably model. Are we respectful, responsible and kind? Is that what they see on TV? Is that what they overhear in our conversations?

Sometimes it seems as if there are two Golden Rules. One is from the ego that follows the tit-for-tat rule. The other is the real Golden Rule that comes from our authentic self. It dictates that we take the highest road. We always treat others as we would like to be treated and that is not necessarily how they treat us.

Our message today is very clear. There is only one Golden Rule. It is the one that comes from the essential authentic self.

That is the HOPE. And so it is.

Bit by bit, piece by piece, HOPE by HOPE action steps anyone can take….

-Meditate/pray…ask…”What is my next step for my highest good and the highest good of all.”

-Follow The Golden Rule. It may not always feel like it at the time, but it will always serve you well in the end.

-Drink lots of water.

-Get outdoors and take in at least 10 deep breaths.

What made me smile yesterday….

-A great kindergarten class.

-Another beautiful fall day.

-Talking to Jackie and Alex.

-Some little tasks done. Getting ready for our girl to come home.

Love, Blessings and Gratitude,

Rev. Chris


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