In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “I Walk the Line.”
Have you got a code you live by? What are the principles or set of values you actively apply in your life?
There are quite a few sayings, morals, fables if you will, many of which I live by.
- Treat others as you would have them treat you – In general I do this to everyone, I treat them politely, with respect and courtesy. This is how I would like to be treated by complete strangers. You do not know me, my troubles, my joys, my life. So please be nice, share a smile, it does not hurt anyone to share a smile………and it might just make someone’s day! But if you are a complete a**hole……….expect it in return, in shades! I cannot tolerate rudeness and I will hand back two fold! Especially rude shop assistants/ clerks, drivers, random strangers on a street. You have no right to treat someone you have never met as dirt, regardless of the color of the skin, nationality, what clothing they are wearing, how skinny or fat, or any other possibly reason. But, if you are rude to me, do not expect me to be nice back.
- You get more bees with honey than vinegar – It is a continuation on number 1 in some ways. If you want something, ask nicely. Do not demand, ask and be polite. If you yell and scream or tell me to just do it, I will not react well. I do not really do this to other people and I do not like to have it done to me. So be polite and ask.
- Charity starts at home – I may not be popular with this one, but I believe in helping out my family and friends. There are so many charities and disasters these days, it is hard to know where to begin. It’s not that I don’t want to help, it just that if I give a little to everyone of them I have nothing left for me and my family. So I have a few trusted places I donate money too, Red Cross Shield Appeal, Good Friday Children’s Hospital – these are once a year and I always give my spare change. I will offer food and clothing for some natural disasters (if I can spare them) and help out with the CFA Xmas appeal. But apart from that I am sorry, but my family need to eat too.
- Honesty is the best policy – I am a terrible liar anyway, so if I do something wrong I will always confess. I am sorry but people who do the wrong thing (whether intentionally or accidentally) and then lie about it a very low. They usually get caught out anyway, so why go to all the trouble, the lying, the sneaking around, making up cover stories? I mean if you break something by accident, just admit it, mistakes happen. Apologies and move one. If you intentionally do something really bad………..perhaps you need to talk to someone who can help! Remember Karma is a bitch!
- Be True to yourself – this is probably the hardest one. As a child you don’t really know who you are, as a teenager you are just trying to fit in, as a young adult you are usually trying to ‘find’ oneself. It’s not until you are older, that you know who you are, what you want. It’s not until you have lived a little do we truly embrace the unique, strange and unusual. I guess what they say is true in a way, youth is wasted on the young!
So that is it, the 5 main rules I live by and tried to instill in my children. Not always easy, I am no angel, but I think they are good solid rules that apply to anyone. I don’t care where you come from, where you live, what nationality or religion you are, I think these rules should apply to everyone.