Using the Golden Rule will save America

I wrote this piece a couple of weeks ago. Some of it is excerpted from my book, “THE LIMITLESS GOLDEN RULE: 21 Ways to Use the Golden Rule In Your Life,” which is available at goodshortbooks.com and Amazon.com! *****************************************************************

Using the Golden Rule will save America

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” That is the Golden Rule. And it is common to all the world’s major religions. We can drastically reduce the level of racism, hate, bigotry in this world if we “religiously” use the Golden Rule. Let’s take a look at what the world’s major religions have to say about the Golden Rule:

Christianity (“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them; for this is the law and the prophets. Matthew 7:12”)

Confucianism (“Do not do to others what you would not like yourself. Then there will be no resentment against you, either in the family or in the state. Analects 12:2”)

Buddhism (“Do not do to others what you would not like yourself. Then there will be no resentment against you, either in the family or in the state. Analects 12:2”)

Hinduism (“This is the sum of duty; do naught onto thers what you would not have them do unto you. Mahabharata 5, 1517”)

Islam (“No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself. Sunnah”)

Judaism (“What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow men. This is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary. Talmud”)

Taoism (“Regard your neighbor’s gain as your gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss. Tai Shang Kan Yin P’ien”)

Zoroastrianism (“That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself. Dadisten-I-dinik, 94,5”)

So, if most of the world’s religions believe in some form of the Golden Rule, when will religious leaders and believers join forces and call on their flocks, family, and friends (and that’s a whole lot of people!) to start living the Golden Rule?

And the media can do a lot to help, too. America needs more television shows, magazine articles, newspaper articles, movies, cartoons, and other images that promote using the Golden Rule.

We need to go “full-tilt” on the Golden Rule—implementing it in everything we do. Bumper stickers, flags, shirts, hats, etc. Using the Golden Rule would change attitudes and behaviors.

Start asking “Golden Rule” questions: “Did you use the Golden Rule?” “Will you use the Golden Rule?” “How would you feel if that was done to you?” “How would you feel if that was said to you?”

Those in power, those that make the laws that govern life in America, should also focus intensely on the Golden Rule, especially laws governing healthcare, housing, education, etc. They should ask themselves “Golden Rule” questions, too. “How would I feel if this law was imposed on me?” Being led by the Golden Rule would allow for more humane laws, which would make for much happier Americans! Happy citizens are the breeding ground for a peaceful, successful America. Come on, lawmakers. Get with the new program. There’s enough for everybody. No one should be homeless or hungry. Not in America. It’s not too late to rebuild America’s promise—based on the Golden Rule.

And, by teaching children to actually live the Golden Rule, we would soon have a much better world because children learn what they live, and it would become a part of their hearts, souls, and spirits to treat others as they would want to be treated. This would be a life-long lesson.

If you don’t want it done to you, don’t do it to anyone else. And don’t tolerate someone else doing it, either. It’s never too late to start treating others as you would want to be treated. We can start in our own homes, families, and communities, and that would spread to cities and states.

Let’s save America by letting the Golden Rule rule!

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LAUGHTER IS GOOD FOR YOU!!

Funny FridayNot So Famous

Paul Newman founded the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for children stricken with cancer, AIDS, and blood diseases.

One afternoon, he and his wife, Joanne Woodward, stopped by to have lunch with the kids. A counselor at a nearby table, suspecting the young patients wouldn’t know Newman was a famous movie star, explained, “That’s the man who made this camp possible.  Maybe you’ve seen his picture on his salad dressing bottle?”

Blank stares.

“Well, you’ve probably seen his face on his lemonade carton.”

With that, an eight-year-old girl perked up and hesitantly asked,  “How long was he missing?”

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FUNNY FRIDAY – July 5 – July 11, 2019

Funny FridayFUNNY FRIDAY

Me, Too!

While on a road trip, an elderly couple stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch.

After finishing their meal, they left the restaurant, and resumed their trip.

When leaving, the woman unknowingly left her glasses on the table, and she didn’t miss them until they had been driving for about forty minutes.

By then, to add to the aggravation, they had to travel quite a distance before they could find a place to turn around, in order to return to the restaurant to retrieve her glasses.

All the way back, the husband became the classic grouchy old man.  He fussed and complained, and scolded his wife relentlessly during the entire return drive.

The more he chided her, the more agitated he became.  He just wouldn’t let up for a single minute.

To her relief, they finally arrived at the restaurant.

As the woman got out of the car, and hurried inside to retrieve her glasses, the old geezer yelled to her. . .

“WHILE YOU’RE IN THERE, YOU MIGHT AS WELL GET MY HAT AND THE CREDIT CARD!”

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FUNNY FRIDAY – Week of June 28 – July 4, 2019

Funny FridayToo Drunk!

An Idaho State trooper pulled a car over on the freeway, a little bit north of the Idaho/Utah State line.  When the trooper asked the driver why he was speeding, the driver said he was a magician and juggler and was on his way to Boise to do a show at the Shrine Circus.  He didn’t want to be late.

The trooper told the driver he was fascinated by juggling and said if the driver would do a little juggling for him then he wouldn’t give him a ticket.  He told the trooper he had sent his equipment ahead and didn’t have anything to juggle.

The trooper said he had some flares in the trunk and asked if he could juggle them.  The juggler said he could, so the trooper got five flares, lit them, and handed them to him.

While the man was juggling, a car pulled in behind the patrol car.  A drunk from Southeastern Idaho got out, watched the performance, then went over to the patrol car, opened the rear door and got in.

The trooper observed him and went over to the patrol car, opened the door, asking the drunk what he thought he was doing.

The drunk replied, “You might as well take my butt to jail, ‘cause there ain’t no way I can pass THAT test.”

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FUNNY FRIDAY – June 21 – June 27, 2019

Funny FridayFour Husbands

The local news station was interviewing an 80-year-old lady because she had just gotten married for the fourth time.  The interviewer asked her questions about her life, about what it felt like to be marrying again at 80, and then about her new husband’s occupation.

“He’s a funeral director,” she answered.

Interesting,” the newsman thought.

He then asked her if she wouldn’t mind telling him a little about her first three husbands and what they did for a living.

She paused for a few moments, needing time to reflect on all those years.  After a short time, a smile came to her face, and she answered proudly, explaining that she had first married a banker when she was in her 20’s, then a circus ringmaster when in her 40’s, and a preacher when in her 60’s, and now—in her 80’s, a funeral director.

The interviewer looked at her, quite astonished, and asked why she had married four men with such diverse careers.

 

(Wait for it, wait for it. . .)

 

 

She smiled and explained. . .

“I married one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go.”

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FUNNY FRIDAY – Week of June 14 – June 20, 2019

Funny FridayRetiree Health Message

As I was lying in bed pondering the problems of the world, I rapidly realized that I don’t really give a rat’s hiney.  It’s the tortoise life for me!

1.  If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.
2.  A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, and is fat.
3.  A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years.
4.  A tortoise doesn’t run and does nothing, yet it lives for 150 years.  And you
tell me to exercise?  I don’t think so.  I’m retired.  Go around me.

God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

Now that I’m older, here’s what I’ve discovered:

1.  I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.
2.  My wild oats have turned into prunes and all-bran.
3.  I finally got my head together, and now my body is falling apart.
4.  Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded.
5.  Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded.
6.  If all is not lost, where is it?
7.  It is easier to get older than it is to get wiser.
8.  Some days, you’re the dog; some days you’re the hydrant.
9.  I wish the buck stopped here; I sure could use a few.
10.  Kids in the back seat cause accidents.
11.  Accidents in the back seat cause kids.
12.  It’s hard to make a comeback when you haven’t been anywhere.
13.  The only time the world beats a path to your door is when you’re in the bathroom.
14.  If God wanted me to touch my toes, he’d have put them on my knees.
15.  When I’m finally holding all the cards, why does everyone want to play chess?
16.  It’s not hard to meet expenses. . .they’re everywhere.
17.  The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
18.  These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter. . .I go somewhere to get something, and then wonder what I’m hereafter
19.  Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded.

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FUNNY FRIDAY – Week of June 7 – June 13, 2019

Funny FridayCaught Speeding

Woman:  “Is there a problem, Officer?”

Officer:  “Ma’am, you were speeding.”

Woman:  “Oh, I see.”

Officer:  “Can I see your license, please?”

Woman:  “I’d give it to you, but I don’t have one.”

Officer:  “You don’t have one?”

Woman:  “Lost it four times for drunk driving.”

Officer:  “I see.  Can I see your vehicle registration papers, please.”

Woman:  “I can’t do that, either.”

Officer:  “Why not?”

Woman:  “I stole this car.”

Officer:  “Stole it?”

Woman:  “Yes, and I killed and hacked up the owner.”

Officer:  “You what?”

Woman:  “His body parts are in plastic bags in the trunk if you want
to see.”

The Officer looks at the woman, slowly backs away to his car, and
calls for back up.  Within minutes, five police cars circle the car.  A senior
officer slowly approaches the car, clasping his half-drawn gun.

Officer 2:  “Ma’am, could you step out of your vehicle please?!”

The woman steps out of her vehicle.

Woman:  “Is there a problem, sir?”

Officer 2:  “One of my officers told me that you have stolen this
car and murdered the owner.”

Woman:  “Murdered the owner?”

Officer 2:  “Yes, could you please open the trunk of your car?”

The woman opens the trunk, revealing nothing but an empty trunk.

Officer 2:  “Is this your car, ma’am?”

Woman:  “Yes, here are the registration papers.”

The first officer is stunned.

Officer 2:  “One of my officers claims that you do not have a driving license.”

The woman digs into her handbag and pulls out her wallet, which is open to her license and hands it to the officer.  The officer examines the license and looks quite puzzled.

Officer 2:  “Thank you ma’am.  One of my officers told me you didn’t
have a license, that you stole this car, and that you murdered and hacked
up the owner.”

Woman:  “WHAT!!  And I betcha the lying IDIOT told you I was speeding, too!”

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FUNNY FRIDAY – May 31-June 4, 2019

Funny Friday

Kids and Their Teachers

A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales.

The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal, its throat was very small.

The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale.

Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible.

The little girl replied, “Well, when I get to Heaven, I will ask Jonah.”

The teacher asked, “What if Jonah went to hell?”

The little girl responded, “Then you ask him.”

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FUNNY FRIDAY! May 24, 2019

 

Funny Friday

You Gotta Love Old Women

An old woman prospector shuffled into town, leading a tired old mule.  The old woman headed straight for the only saloon to clear her parched throat.

She walked up and tied her old mule to the hitch rail.  As she stood there, brushing some of the dust from her face and clothes, a young gunslinger stepped out of the saloon with a gun in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other.

The young gunslinger looked at the old woman and laughed, saying, “Hey, old woman, have you ever danced?”

The old woman looked up at the gunslinger and said, “No, I never did dance.  Never really wanted to.”

A crowd had gathered as the gunslinger grinned and said, “Well, you old bag, you’re gonna dance now.”  And he started shooting at the old woman’s feet.

The old woman prospector, not wanting to get her toes blown off, started hopping around.  Everybody was laughing.

When his last bullet had been fired, the young gunslinger, still laughing, holstered his gun and turned around to go back into the saloon.

The old woman turned to her pack mule, pulled out a double-barreled shotgun, and cocked both hammers.

The loud clicks carried clearly through the desert air.  The crowd stopped laughing immediately.

The young gunslinger heard the sounds, too, and he turned around very slowly.  The silence was almost deafening.

The crowd watched as the young gunman stared at the old woman and the large gaping holes of those twin barrels.

The barrels of the shotgun never wavered in the old woman’s hands as she quietly said, “Son, have you ever licked a mule’s butt?”

The gunslinger swallowed hard and said, “No, ma’am…but…I’ve always wanted to.”
THERE ARE A FEW LESSONS FOR US ALL HERE:

1.  Never be arrogant.
2.  Don’t waste your ammunition.
3.  Whiskey makes you think you’re smarter than you are.
4.  Always, always make sure you know who has the power.
5.  Don’t mess with old women; they didn’t get old by being stupid.

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A DIET THAT REALLY WORKS! – July 22, 2018

On May 7, 2018, I went to the doctor for my regular checkup.  I weighed in at 159 pounds!!  Now, I’m only 5′ 1″ so that was too much for me, and I declared that 160 would not see me!!

I immediately pulled out this 7-day diet that my sister, Anita gave me several years ago (I kept it just in case I would ever need it!  Thank God!!).

Today is July 22, 2018, and I now weigh 152!!  My goal is 145 to 150.  This diet is fantastic!!  My husband started using it sometime after I did.  He was at 192 pounds.  Today, he weighs 182!!

This is a vegetable soup that you can eat anytime you are hungry.  We cheat a little bit and have some of the foods that we like in addition to the soup.  But we always eat the soup!  Since I’m a breast cancer survivor, I use all organic ingredients, and I make it in a BIG pot—enough to last at least one week.  Here’s the recipe:

32 oz. chicken broth

32 oz. beef or vegetable broth

2 lbs. carrots

1 bunch celery

2 cans diced tomatoes

2 bags frozen green beans

2 bell peppers

1 bunch green onions

Ketchup (to suit your taste)

Seasonings to suit your taste

DRINKS YOU MAY HAVE – Water, coffee, tea, cranberry juice, skim milk unsweetened juices.

FOOD/DRINKS YOU CANNOT HAVE – Bread, alcohol, carbonated drinks, diet drinks, fried foods.

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DAY 1 – Eat only soup and fruit.  No bananas.  Cantaloupe and watermelon are lower in calories than other fruits.

DAY 2 – All vegetables.  No beans, peas or corn.  Eat the soup.  You may also have a baked potato with butter.  No fruits.

DAY 3 – Eat only the soup, fruits and vegetables.  You should have lost at least three pounds.

DAY 4 – Eat at least three bananas and as much skim milk as you can today, along with the soup.  Your body will need the potassium and carbs.  Don’t give in to the cravings for sweets!

DAY 5 – Beef and tomatoes.  You may have 10 to 20 ounces of beef and a can of tomatoes (or as many as six tomatoes).  Eat the soup at least once today.

DAY 6 – Beef and vegetables (as much as you want).  You can even have two to three steaks, with green, leafy vegetables, but no baked potato.  Be sure to eat the soup at least once today.

DAY 7 – Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juice, and vegetables—as much as you want.  By the end of the 7th day, if you have not cheated, you should have lost 10 to 17 pounds.  If you have lost more than 17 pounds, stay off the diet for two days before resuming it again.

WE CHEATED!!  We’re not interested in DRASTIC weight loss—just slow, but steady weight loss to get to our target weight.

My husband used to eat at least 14 pieces of bread every week.  He now eats about three or four pieces of bread a week.  He still drinks his beer and wine, but not as much.  We used to eat pizza and KFC about once every 10 days or so; we’ve had pizza and KFC about twice since we’ve been on this diet.  I used to eat a BIG scoop of ice cream every night; I now have a SMALL scoop about three or four times a week.

If nothing else, this new way of eating will teach you to modify the way you eat.  You’ll think about gaining more weight, and that’s NOT what you want!!

EXERCISE! – We’re not exercise fanatics, but we will get on the treadmill, do crunches, stretches, planks, etc., on an irregular (when we feel like it) basis.  And we take wheat grass, vitamins, and minerals EVERY DAY to make sure that our bodies get the necessary nutrients!

It took a long time to get to your UNDESIRABLE weight, so be patient with yourself!!

 

 

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