Jackie Kennedy, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth I, Hatshepsut, Joan of Arc, and Harriet Tubman. What do all of these women have in common? They were all very strong independent, but caring women who ruled their slice of the world with strength, compassion and wisdom.
My grandmother was such a strong woman. She had her weaknesses, like we all do, but she taught me so many things that have made my life the life it is today. The two things that made a lasting impression on me and the ones I press to teach any child I know were the two golden rules.
1.) Do unto others as you would want to be done to you. I have always believed in this and try to live this everyday of my life. If I wouldn't want to be treated with disrespect or with harsh words, why would anyone else?
2.) Do a good deed everyday of your life and you will be rewarded. Now, this one might not seem like a big deal, but think about it carefully. When you're having one of those crummy bad luck days and someone does something generous or kind it makes your day and your heart much lighter right? I can't tell you how many times I've done something on a small scale for someone and the thanks and smiles it brought to the person's face. It always lightens my heart to know I've done something good for someone.
And yes, I do live by these rules even when it's not the holiday season. So here is my challenge. Do one good deed a day and treat someone you wouldn't normally treat like you want to be treated. Record what happens for a month and see what goodness comes your way.