The Golden Rule

This is an excerpt from my blog this week -- There is a lesson almost everyone learns in one way or another. It's a simple rule really. One my son got a lesson in just the other day. The golden rule. Now I'm sure you all know it but it bears repeating any way. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Here's how my four-year-old son's lesson went down: We were outside playing with the hose and my kids love to do. It was nearing nap time and I asked my son to let my daughter wash off her muddy hands. The hose hog that he is took that to mean spray her with the hose. She started crying. We both asked him to keep her dry. I showed him how to hold the hose for her to wash her hands. He sprayed her again. Asked him again to keep her dry. He sprayed her again. So I turned the hose on him. He jumped back, dropped the hose and I asked his sister if she wanted to spray him in return. He of course didn't like that idea and started crying. I let him take his time to decide to feel better while I put her down for nap. Then when he calmed down enough (he has a one track mind and sometimes takes a bit to turn his attention) to talk to I sat him on my lap and said, "So there's this thing called the Golden Rule..." I continued to explain that if he were to get into a water fight with his Papa he should expect to get wet in return. I offered him the example of one of his cousins who often gets into water fights with Papa expecting to stay dry and gets SOAKED to his complete displeasure. I then gave my son another example saying if you throw sand at another kid on the play ground you could expect to get sand thrown back at you. Then I asked him, "do you like sand thrown at you?" "No." "Do you think it's nice to throw sand?" He nodded yes, sometimes it takes a few attempts for them to get it. So I went through it again until he seemed to understand. I sat there while talking to him and thought, how would the world be different if we all practiced this rule? (For the rest of the blog go to Let’s take a look at how others are putting the Golden Rule into action this past month. • No cost health care by volunteer doctors
Tennessee-based nonprofit group Remote Area Medical brought together volunteer doctors, dentists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, etc., to see needy patients at no cost. • Grant provides heart surgery in India to save lives A 1996 Group Study Exchange (GSE) spawned a project that today is providing lifesaving heart surgery to 100 low-income working women in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. Many of the women contracted rheumatic fever, which can cause abnormal heart function, as children. They are receiving heart valve replacements through a Rotary Foundation Matching Grant project. • Moms quit jobs for kids’ college dreams Instead of overseeing company accounts, some corporate moms are now organizing piano lessons, SAT preparation courses and Advanced Placement class homework assignments. These moms want to give their children a shot at a top-notch college education. "I had a very good, promising career," Kajal Kumar said. "But it wasn't as important as making sure my kids did well and just setting them up for the future." • Daddy’s little angel 5-year old Savannah Hensley's cool-headed 911 call saved her dad's life. NBC's Amy Robach speaks with Savannah and her parents, Michelle and Frank. • Layoffs bring family together through work An entrepreneurial mom has put her hobby to work, earning income for her family when both she and her husband were hit with layoffs. Meg Fisher is creating customized prayer shawls for the Jewish community, which she sells on her website: • Kids collect pennies to fight polio After Tyler heard about a man in Alabama, USA, who had cashed in 1.3 million pennies in 2005 for $13,000 in paper bills, he set out to surpass that feat and give the money to PolioPlus. • TV personality sets up charity to promote kids’ health by building playgrounds Carter’s Kids, an organization by television personality Carter Oosterhouse of HGTV’s “Carter Can”, builds and develops community parks and playgrounds in low-income areas to promote healthy living for children. The kids are tasked with using, sharing and caring for these spaces, which gives them an active role within their own communities. • Conn. Mayor donates kidney to Facebook friend Politicians long ago discovered the uses of Facebook. East Haven Mayor April Capone Almon found something else there: a constituent who needed her kidney. • Hero Who Helped Rescue Tot is Found Julien Duret, a French tourist who rescued a toddler who fell into New York's East River, says he didn't think twice about diving in to save the girl. • Millionaire woman builds homes for wounded vets The 43-year-old descendant of multimillionaire Houston real estate entrepreneurs is focusing her talent for fundraising on building handicapped-accessible homes for severely injured veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She chairs the board of a Houston nonprofit, Helping a Hero, which has built 18 houses since December 2005 and raised money for at least eight more. • Computer chips inspire tiny water purifier Developed by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a new water purifier uses magnetic fields to separate harmful contaminants and produce clean water. Scaled up and mass produced, the new technology could save millions of lives in developing countries by preventing the transmission of water-borne diseases. • Goodwill brings in all kinds of donations A retired jeweler sorting through items donated to a Pennsylvania charity spotted one fabulous find: a 2.6-carat diamond and platinum ring. Officials from Goodwill Industries say the ring has been appraised at $17,600, making it the most expensive item ever donated to Goodwill Industries Keystone Area. • Homeless women get makeovers to encourage move toward success Two 501(c)(3) organizations join hands to give women who are in transition on the streets of the Los Angeles hope and a hand up with Project Rejuvenation. The project is designed to encourage and invigorate homeless women by giving each participant a complete makeover and making them models in a fashion show. • Organizations help reduce pollution in Chesapeake Bay by planting grass A partnership of states and agencies trying to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay said that bay grasses increased 12 percent last year, a sign that pollution control efforts are working. The total area of underwater bay grasses was the highest baywide acreage since 2002. The increase follows a recent report showing the bay's crab population is rebounding. Bay grasses provide habitat, food and oxygen as well as preventing erosion and absorbing nutrients that cause oxygen-robbing algae blooms.
One Response to The Golden Rule
  1. Dana
    May 5, 2010 | 10:13 am

    Hello Amie,

    Great post! Coincidentally enough, my friend and I were just talking about the “Golden Rule” this past weekend. We were sharing our view of the Golden Rule. I try not to be a cynic about things, but all too often people want an instant reward for doing something nice or for even displaying simply common courtesy. It’s a simple rule at least in my mind. I think that we could all take a re-learned lesson from the one your son learned. If you don’t want to get hit in the face with a pie, then don’t go around hitting others with a pie. If you want to have wonderful, supportive friends, then you must be a wonderful, supportive friend. Simple enough, yes? I think so. Thank you for your wonderful post and for reminding me of such a wonderful, gracious, and very important rule. Hopefully it will help us to be kind, civil, forgiving, and accepting of one another.

    Keep writing, Amie!

    Lots of love,

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