“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Okay, I find that statement fairly simple. I don’t know exactly when it sunk in my thick skull. My mother could tell horror stories, I’m sure. I happen to recall that when my brother made me really mad I would run to wherever he may have happened to be and sucker punch him before high-tailing it away, all the while screaming to my Mom that my brother was going to punch me. . .
As I said, I’m sure my Mom could tell stories.
But, at some point, the mantra that my mother would espouse finally sunk in and I truly “got” it.
I am a failure as a mother.
For the life of me, I cannot get any of my children to understand this concept.
For a while I was tempted to completely lay the blame at my husband’s feet. This would have been very easily accomplished, should I have chosen to do so, as he is reactionary. . .
But, the statement defies “reaction”. It is not about doing unto others as they have done to you. No! In fact, the “other’s actions” are totally irrelevant in the statement.
So, I have spent a good deal of time trying to get my children to see that point of view.
Yet, no, each and every attempt results in failure. They have to react. A punch deserves a punch; a slight deserves one in kind. Better yet? A punch deserves a double whammy, and a slight a completely public insult.
Is this because they are male?
To be perfectly honest, I truly believe it is. However, I refuse to let their gender cause the feelings of personal failure on my part!
So, from here on out, I am redefining “The Golden Rule” as follows:
“Do unto others as Jesus has done unto you.”
Go ahead guys; react to that one!