Shine on!

August 8, 2014


Look. There’s a lot of pain in the world and a whole bunch of it is caused by how people treat one another.

We pay lip service to the Golden Rule, but how often do we actually practice it?

For some of us, the answer is “not nearly enough.”

That’s partly because we focus on our differences: political, spiritual, social, economic — whatever they are

Why not focus instead on our commonalities: we’re all human beings trying to get through this together.

It’s not so hard to see the light in others.

It’s there.

We just need to start noticing:

Their thoughtfulness.



Sweet nature.

All there if we pay attention.

And once we do?

Better put on our shades, because that light is BLINDING!

24 comments on “Shine on!
  1. I can’t agree more! Inspirational post as always!

  2. AMEN, Carol! Love this post/reminder! Off to share….

  3. This is an amazing phenomenon, when you can look at others and focus only on the light. All the rest fades away and the light shines back on you. How brilliant is that?

  4. If we can all just succeed in teaching this one value to our children, what a better place the world would be.

    • So true, Karen! Carol’s message is so simply poignant and yet so painfully overlooked by far too many…

      But I’m glad to be in such good company is this little part of my great big world!!!

  5. So beautiful and so simple to do Carol!

  6. I completely agree! When we take the time to find the similarities, it’s kind of amazing how much everyone just wants the same thing – to love and be loved, and to make a positive impact on the world.

  7. Amen to this, Carol! I think people would be so much happier if they looked for the light in others.

  8. Janie Emaus says:

    Yep. We just have to notice all the good things around us. Because they are everywhere.

  9. Ruth Curran says:

    All we have to do is pay attention…. That is the key isn’t it?

  10. I couldn’t agree more. We all certainly have much more in common with one another than we have differences.
    Excellent advice.

  11. Lana says:

    Our society is so “negative” focused. Great reminder to look for the good.

  12. I have been thinking about this – you read my mind! Pay attention and be kind and thoughtful. What a wonderful post, Carol.

  13. A beautiful sentiment, Carol!

  14. Thanks, Carol, for the reminder. Yes, we have much in common.

  15. I LOVE this.

    There really isn’t much more to say – so maybe I’ll say that a few more times. 🙂

  16. Perfect. If only everyone understood this.

  17. WendysHat says:

    The Golden Rule is the number one rule I live my life by, and always have. We do need more of this in the world. Great thoughts.

  18. Nancy Hill says:

    this is the essence of every belief system, often called religion, around the world before we start screwing with it. back to basics!

  19. What a beautiful post. I’m not always successful, but I do try to live by the golden rule. I have found that it’s easy to see the good in others when I look for it.

  20. Kimba says:

    May you light up every room you enter.

  21. Diane says:

    This is wonderful! Wonderful! I’ve officially added it to my daily mantra. Thank you!

  22. Nora says:

    what is it about humans that leads so many to look on the dark side? Life is so much better with a positive attitude!

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