How do we move from our faith or deeply held spiritual values into a three-dimensional world of action? I believe that our everyday actions require our close attention, and that they are the most revealing aspect of who we are to our Creator in heaven. How do we interrelate with others? Where do we go and what do we do?
I have adopted a lifetime motto, “Be as kind as you possibly can to every living thing, including yourself.” As best I can, I like to use this phrase as a litmus test of sorts as I make daily decisions. Each day we make thousands of decisions. From “When do I get up?” to “What should I do about the hateful words from my co-worker?” to “How do I greet the store clerk?” I have found my motto most useful in branching toward the decision that is most in alignment with my relationship with my Creator.
Aldous Huxley, the brilliant thinker and writer who wrote “The Perennial Philosophy” after an exhaustive study of the world’s religions, said near the end of his life, “It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one’s life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than ‘try to be a little kinder.’
The result of being “a little kinder” is that you will align yourself with many of the core tenets of every major faith tradition! The golden rule is the most shining example.
Try it in your daily decision making and watch your world transform around you. “Is what I am about to say or do the most kind to all concerned, including myself?”
Reverend David G. Hunt