Many of us have heard of the Golden Rule as “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” Which simply means to treat others the way you yourself want to be treated.
Today I came across 3 little boys (around ages 6-9) that were playing on the sandy path through the park from my library to my house. They were arguing about who did what and who told on whom and which one did or did not do something. Each of them pleaded their case. Actually my dog and I entered the scene with 2 in the park and the third yelling to them from the other side of the fence. He informed them that he had told on them and…. (well, we’ve all been there). I was impressed with one of the boys in particular. He headed over asking the tattle tale why he did it and then he stopped. He turned and headed back to where he had come from while telling his friend, “I’m not even going to listen to you.” What an impressive mature action!
- He did not argue
- He did not protest
- He did not defend
- He did not even raise his voice
He did know he did not want to be a part of this other boys behavior. WOW! I told him how smart he is and asked how he got to be so wise?
Before long the little one came from around the fence which is when all 3 told me their stories – ALL AT ONCE. As I attempted to follow story, after story, myself and the other 2 boys were informed by the 3rd that when he went home and told on them (apparently for kicking his sand castle) he was told by his Mom to go do the same to theirs!! WHOA! Here I am a complete stranger trying to teach these 3 young impressionable minds to get along with one another and another adult suggests not only that they literally escalate the arguing, but obviously not realizing that this idea would encourage further and ongoing negative treatment of one another.
Someone either never learned the Golden Rule or like many, just refuse to apply it!
Some people say that KNOWLEDGE is POWER, but the truth is
APPLIED KNOWLEDGE is POWER!
Thank you and be blessed!