Jesus said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” That was easy for him to say, he didn’t live in the 21st century.
I try to be kind to people. I believe being kind is one of the essential aspects of feeling good about yourself. I really believe that it’s impossible to feel good about yourself when you mistreat other beings.
But it’s difficult to be kind to someone who is honking his horn and giving you the finger because you just cut him off while you were texting your investment adviser who had just informed you, by text message, that the mutual fund he recommended last year had lost half it’s value…bleeping investment fund manager!
You see, in Jesus’ time they didn’t have mutual funds…and it was pretty hard to cut someone off, on a donkey!
Jesus also said, and I’m paraphrasing here, “if a man hits you on the right cheek, offer him your left.” Jesus could say that because he didn’t have to worry about being struck by a round from an AK-47, or an RPG, or and IED.
Okay, maybe a club or a sword, but heck, the guy you just offended pretty much had to be standing right beside you in order to slug you.
And Jesus wasn’t bombarded every day with stories about oppressive government corruption, rising bank fees, murders in the city, terrorist attacks, domestic violence, bullying in schools…did they even have schools back then…and the latest celebrity meltdown.
Okay, maybe he had roadside bandits and a brutally oppressive Roman Empire to deal with, but c’mon, it’s hardly a fair comparison. Besides, without the CIA, CSIS and the like, Jesus could hide out for weeks. He just had to make sure he wasn’t betrayed by any of his so called, friends. Ahem!
Actually, when you come to think, maybe things haven’t changed that much, which makes you wonder how Jesus could do it…or Buddha or Mohammad or Martin Luther King Jr or any other messenger of peace.
How could Jesus ask us to live with kindness given what he witnessed and experienced? Heck, he even forgave the Romans when he was on the cross, “forgive them Lord, for they know not what they do.”
Perhaps Jesus was very spiritually grounded. Perhaps he had a strong connection to Source. Maybe that’s where his strength, love, compassion, acceptance and kindness came from. Maybe he believed in the inherent goodness of humankind.
We may not be able to change everyone else, but we can sure change ourselves. I know that being kind to others makes them feel good and helps me feel good about myself, so I’m gonna do my best to be kind to people…even when they’re not within earshot!
Have an awesome day!