I Remember When I Was a Kid….

golden rule1I can’t remember all the details of this memory, but I can express the most important part which is the heart of this post.

I can remember as a child being captivated by this little ball, I don’t remember where I was or how this little ball came to be in this place, but I saw a little ball held within a little case and I wanted it. The ball itself looked almost like an opal, it was a light cream color and it seemed to have a slight swirling pattern in it. All the way around this ball was a groove and within this groove was a ribbon, the ribbon bore the words of the golden rule upon it. The golden rule states,

Treat others the way you would want to be treated. 

As this memory comes back to my mind I wonder if I am living by those words that captivated me so long ago? What does this little rule mean and am I really living by it’s code of conduct? Unfortunately I can say that I have fallen far from living my life by this.

It seems that I never understood what the term ‘others’ meant, does this mean my family only, or people who believe like me, or only to those who treat me well?

If you love only those who love you, what goodness do you have? And if you are doing good to those who treat you well, what goodness do you have? And if you borrow from those you expect to get something back, do you deserve any thanks for that?

Love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting anything in return. Then your reward will be great and you shall be children of Love for Love is kind toward the ungrateful and malicious.

From what I just quoted it seems others means everyone, not just family, friends, or anyone who we know will return our kindness. We are supposed to be kind to those who will never return our kindness for only then will we truly understand the concept of friendship, love, and kindness.

Why have we twisted this simple saying? Why do humans use their intellect to twist the simple meaning of life and love? Loving your neighbors does not mean love your family or love those who think like you do, if that were true it would say love your brother or love your family but it doesn’t, it says to love your neighbor and neighbor is define as a person who lives near another or one’s fellow human beings. Personally I see a neighbor as anyone who is traveling with you on life’s journey in this present moment, for example when you walk into a store, everyone around you is your neighbor.

I will not twist the simple meaning of the golden rule anymore for now I see that it was designed to help me become a better vessel of Love, love for others and for myself. If I want to be more loving then I must start giving more love, for the only way to receive is to give.

I lost that ball a long time ago but the memory stayed within me, waiting for the right moment to reveal itself and change my perception, for nothing is done in vain, everything has meaning and purpose.

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About Mimic Nature

Hello everyone! I’m so glad to see you! I’m Jana, I’m an eccentric wife and mother; I work 2 jobs and homeschool my kids. With all this going on in my life, I want to focus my attention on the things that make me happy, and the one thing that has made me happy ever since I was a little kid is nature. As my life progressed and changed through my teen years and my early married life, I lost my connection to it. Life took over and here I am living disconnected from nature because of work, bills, and every day events that keep me away. So the next chapter of my life will be dedicated, at least in some small part, to reconnecting to nature; I still have a mortgage, work, and a family to take care of, but now, I will be more aware of nature and my place within it. Each day, I will find some small way to not harm nature. Not long ago I was introduced to something called permaculture and I fell in love with it. Basically, it’s building a small ecosystem in your own backyard that is based off of what nature would do naturally. In turn your backyard helps you, and you help your backyard…with minimal work!! At first it may take more work, but over time, your backyard will become self-sustaining and you won’t have to work as hard…other than harvesting. I love the life lessons that I learn from nature, so what I promise to do is share a lesson that I’ve learned from nature each week, share what I’m learning about permaculture, and share my own personal progress in changing my homestead into a permaculture Garden of Eden. And since it’s hard to make any changes in life, I want to have some free giveaways once in awhile…all nature themed of course, to help all of us remember our ‘green’ family. Read a few articles, see if you like what is there, if you do, go ahead and subscribe. If you don’t like what you see, that’s ok, I’m honored that you took the time to get to know me a little and see my vision for my blog and my life.
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One Response to I Remember When I Was a Kid….

  1. Jana,
    Great post. A rule all need to live by.
    If we follow it for all we meet that would cover everyone; family, friends-those who would return the favor to us or not.
    We find it difficult to follow, only because we see love as subject to emotion and not an act of the will. In this way we can love others in spite of their failing, even if they themselves fail to understand this concept of love.
    -Alan

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