RESPECT

I will treat someone else as I want to be treated myself

A lot of people consider this insight to be respectful and it is. But it’s more than that. This insight also helps to handle and respond consciously. And that’s pleasant. Very pleasant, even. If everybody would apply this insight for one whole day, tomorrow the world would be changed.
Don’t we all want to be treated in a nice, sociable, enjoyable, respectful, friendly way? This insight offers that opportunity and – and that’s the icing on the cake – puts the responsibility with you!

You’re no longer dependent on the attitude of someone else. Of course it’s easier to treat someone in a nice, sociable, enjoyable, respectful, friendly way if (s)he’s been treating you in a nice, sociable, enjoyable, respectful, friendly way.
But it will happen you’ll encounter someone who’s not nice, sociable, enjoyable, respectful, friendly at all. Do be fair. How long does it take you to throw all good intentions, and this insight, out of the window? To make space for the motto: ‘I will treat someone else as I’ve been treated?’
The eye-for-an-eye mentality. What you’re doing to me, I can do ten times better/worse to you. Yessssssssss, that will make humankind very happy indeed.

I will treat someone else as I’ve been treated en I will treat someone else as I want to be treated myself. Almost the same sentences in sound, but a world of difference in content and intension.

I will treat someone else as I’ve been treated puts the power with someone else. The way someone else is treating you, becomes your measuring rod to fit your own behaviour to. In other words: someone else is prescribing your behaviour.
And as soon as you’ve given that power away, you’re setting yourself up to be manipulating and abused by others.

I will treat someone else as I want to be treated myself is holding that power to yourself. Regardless of how someone is treating you, you tune in to how you want to be treated in that specific circumstance. Your values. Your standards. You’re on the course you set out to go, writing you own script and determining how your life is going to look like.

You always have a choice? What’s yours?

Building on,
SYL