There is no ethical or moral code that ignores this basic principle. So many of the ills afflicting our minds and our society could be greatly mitigated by doing this one thing.
Certainly, there are many on the planet who believe this to be much harder than it actually is. They’ve seen the ugliness people are capable of up close. For many, their protection mechanism has become to blame the whole species.
There are a couple of simple mind shifts that can get us back on a more productive track.
Stop blaming humanity for the faults of some humans. There are literally billions of good people out there trying to make their way in this crazy world just like you. Shift your focus to that fact.
See people as individuals and each situation as unique. We have a tendency to generalize and categorize our way to a point where we don’t trust anyone or anything. Renew your commitment to see each person for the unique individual they are rather than grouping them into a label. See each situation as unique. The fact that you’ve been hurt in say a relationship, doesn’t mean that the best relationship you can imagine isn’t out there for you.
Love your neighbor. Give them the same chance you want and deserve. People will surprise you and you’ll find more joy and happiness in your interactions with others.
The advice from Jesus in Matthew 22 is to “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” This advice is both profound and straightforward. The problem is it’s not as easy as it seems.
The challenge is compounded by the fact that, for many of us, loving others as we love ourself is not a very good measure. We’re not good enough and in love enough with ourselves to love others that way.
These affirmations are based on the age-old teaching to love your neighbor as you love yourself. They recognize, though, that often that’s not a good measure because we don’t love ourselves the way we should.
These affirmations are meant to help you love yourself and your neighbor more, when listened to them regularly. The affirmations are recorded in the first and second-person for maximum effect. Bookmark the video to watch it every day.
I love myself more every day and I love my neighbor as I love myself.
I know that other people are facing challenges just like I am. So, I cut them some slack.
I am learning to love and respect others for our differences rather than despising them because they think differently.
I refuse to participate in things that divide human beings. I am all about bringing people together.
I respect myself and my right to be who I am more and more each day. I give others the same grace.
As I am learning to forgive myself, I am learning to forgive others too.
I treat every person I meet like the one-in-a-trillion miracle they are.
I do my best every day to spread love within and without.
More peaceful dialogue and aspirations beyond this angry moment must begin somewhere. Let it start with me.
Just in case no one else has reminded you how awesome you are today, you are!