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Billingsley’s Bullets: I am innocent

By From page A5 | March 29, 2017

Someone is spreading the rumor that I have been seen wearing a New England Patriots football jersey with No. 12 on the back. It is also alleged that the jersey has a little blood and dirt on it. I did not attend the Super Bowl. However … if you would like to purchase the jersey, perhaps I can arrange the purchase?!

• The “Not Guilty” club’s Dennis Painter offered the following advice: “If you see your neighbor, Jack, inside the airplane you are entering, do not yell out ‘Hi, Jack.’”

• Lately it seems like more and more companies are offering paid leave time for parents after the birth of their baby. I like that idea. The new mom will be exhausted and can use all the help she can get.

Mothers who are not employed also need time off from baby-care obligations. I recommend that non-employed mothers deserve at least 10 days off each year from baby-care obligations. They should stay with friends and relatives during the 10 days.

• In his new book “Treasures in Truth – Quotes to Nourish Your Soul,” local author John Michael Mooney offers the following advice: “Before you fall asleep at night, meditate about being faithful, grateful and spiritual. I don’t dwell on the self.”

I agree with John. Love does begin when you get outside yourself. As soon as you start helping others, you are practicing the art of love. Every time you lend a helping hand you make love powerful.

• The March/April “Spirituality Health” magazine offers the following definition of the Golden Rule in the article titled “Receiving the Wisdom of the Golden Rule” by Maggen Watt Petersen. She quotes the following:

The golden rule: One rule that all religions can agree on

Buddhism — Hurt not others with that which pains yourself. Udanavarga 5.18.

Christianity — Always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that is the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12.

Confucianism — Do naught unto others what you would not they should do unto you. Analects 15.23.

Hinduism — This is the sum of duty: Do nothing to others which, if done to you, would cause you pain. Mahabharta 5.1517.

Islam — No one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself. Traditions.

Jainism — In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self, and should therefore refrain from inflicting upon others such injury as would appear undesirable to us if inflicted upon ourselves. Yogashastra 2.20.

Judaism — What is hurtful to yourself do not to your fellow man. That is the whole of the Torah and the remainder is but commentary. Go learn it. Talmud.

Sikhism — As you deem yourself so deem others. Then you will become a partner in partner to heaven. Kabir.

Taoism — Regard your neighbor’s loss as your own loss. T’ai Ai Shangg Kan Ying P’ien

— Paul McKenna

The Golden Rule seems so simple to execute, you wonder why everyone doesn’t live by this advice. If you treat me with kindness, I will be kind to you.

God knows, we could use the Golden Rule behavior in Congress and the White House. Constant verbal confrontation is boring and fruitless. The art of compromise has been destroyed. Maybe, when big egos prevail, there is little hope for mature behavior.

If you consistently apply the Golden Rule in your marriage, arguments and anger rarely show up. Teach your children the Golden Rule and how to apply it. When your children learn the Golden Rule and apply it, you have become a successful parent. When you meet people who don’t practice the Golden Rule, walk away from them and stay away from them.

Living the Golden Rule guaranties lots of friends. Your kindness will be returned may times over. Love yourself and others enough to create happiness for you and them. When you don’t have respect for others, you close the door on love and open the door to depression.

The doctor’s motto of “Do no harm” is a first cousin to the Golden Rule guideline. You will not do any harm to others when you treat them with respect and love.

What the world needs now is Golden Rule leaders.

Bob Billingsley is an El Dorado Hills resident and monthly columnist for Village Life.

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