While touring the original museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts this past summer, Mr. Van gifted me with a new Norman Rockwell print for my office entitled, “Do Unto Others.” As only Mr. Rockwell could, the enormous original painting depicts the familiar saying, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you…” with beautifully exquisite faces of people from around the world (including actual faces from many of Mr. Rockwell’s friends in town). The new print will proudly hang in the office area here at Miller soon, but is currently making the rounds to learners in classrooms in the next few weeks first.
Everyone knows a version of the Golden Rule. What does it really mean though? How do we follow it everyday with great success? Accompanying the new print is a gorgeously illustrated book called The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper and Gabi Swiatkowska. The book is less a story than a real discussion starter as a clear introduction to a highly important subject. A grandfather and his grandson are out walking one day when they come upon a sign saying, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The grandfather explains this is the Golden Rule and it means, “Treat people the way you would like to be treated…It’s golden because it’s so valuable, and a way of living your life that’s so simple, it shines!”
This may be a simple rule, but it isn’t always simple to follow in real life! Fortunately, though, the Golden Rule is something everyone can do—every person—old or young, rich or poor, regardless of color, race, creed, nationality, or anything. We can ALL be a part of making the world a better place just by following the Golden Rule to our personal BEST each day. We are challenging ourselves every day here at LME to live the Golden Rule . . . join us! 🙂