I loved my Dad so much. I miss him. He was a kind, thoughtful man and loved to do for others. In his later life, alcoholism caught him by the tail and all the ravages that go with it. So, most of my family don’t necessarily have the same fond memories.
Dad taught me to “be mindful of the needs of others.” He spoke those words every time we said our goodbyes. He wrote those words on just about every greeting card he ever sent me.
I mentioned to my daughter that I noticed that my dog is terrified of the vacuum, but if I vacuum very, very slowly, she calms down and doesn’t bark at it. Of course, it takes me three times longer than a normal person to get the job done, but my dog is calm. My daughter laughed and suggested that perhaps I’ve taken Grandpa’s words a bit too far!
I’ve been pondering over that and I’ve come to the conclusion that I wouldn’t change a thing. Dad helped me to learn, real well, that the Golden Rule applies to everyone and everything. There are no exceptions. And if you believe it, and if you act on those words, then you will live in a calmer, more loving world.