“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Most people would agree with this statement, right? Most people would say I treat people how I wanted to be treated. This mantra, taught to us as children, prompt us to say “please” and “thank you.” We hold the door for the person behind us and we treat the grocery store clerk with respect.
If you were to ask me, I would tell you I totally live by this precept. Today, however, I had an epiphany. A close friend made a comment and my first thought was, “I wonder are they going to really come through?” And it hit me! That was really cynical and distrustful. My friend hasn’t given me any reason to be skeptical so why am I second-guessing him. How often do I second-guess him and others?
I reflected on this question and realized that when people tell me things, sometimes I wonder are they sincere? Do they have a hidden agenda? Really?! What if everyone I spoke to, asked those same questions about me? I would be offended and hurt, especially if the feelings were completely unwarranted.
Hmmm, but I live by the mantra, Do unto others…. Yeah, I guess there is more I need to work on. Particular, assuming positive intentions of everyone just like I would ask them to do for me.