Are you aware of the people around you who are struggling, who need a little help?
When someone’s struggle snags your consciousness, how do you respond?
- A blind woman waits to cross the street. Do you offer assistance?
- An old man struggles to lift a load? Do you stop to help?
- A woman struggles to manage two young children and a carry-on while getting off a plane. Do you hurry past, or offer assistance?
- A neighbor’s car is stuck in the driveway and she’s struggling to get if out. Do you make time to help?
- A student doesn’t understand what you’re trying to teach. Do you patiently explain again?
- A colleague is struggling with a class. Do you provide a listening ear?
- Staff morale is down. Do you model a positive attitude?
- Do you assume goodwill?
- Do you volunteer for committees and tasks that could use your strengths?
What does it mean to be a good citizen, a good employee, a good colleague? A good family member? Are you good enough or are you aiming for great?
The golden rule is present in different forms in many religions and cultures.
If you believe in the value of the Golden Rule, are you following it as you live your life?
(This e-mail was inspired by conversations with colleagues in PLN on how we deal with challenges and disagreements within our communities.)