Do unto Others

Here is a lesson I recently re-learned: 
I've undergone many situations where I had a strong sense of entitlement only to victimize myself when things didn't follow through. It took me a decent amount of time to understand they won't change under my command, and from the looks of it they won't at all ...and that's OK, or it will have to be. My situation stayed as it was, it was me who had to alter perspectives in order to be at peace. I blame it on the golden rule: "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." No one ever bothered to explain to me that reciprocation wasn't this quote's forte, more so than self-reflection.

Does this make sense so far? You see, I have always translated it as, "expect others to treat you how you treat them," therefore they must be revered. False. There is no 'others' and never should have been, there is only YOU. Everyone is looking out for themselves so the earlier you realize that the less heartbreaks you'll encounter.

Finding your peace and your truth will eliminate expectations and entitlements, no matter how others treat us. That is where we all need to end up. Focus on your actions towards others and understand what you give off and why. What you do to others is a reflection of you and what's going on within. Until you learn self-control and find your peace, the human response is to exude the emotions received without, whether it's kindness or hostility. With that being said, practice your peace or beware of your people.

Your perception of me is a reflection of you; my reaction to you is an awareness of me.

For more on this topic, here's several suggestions of books I've recently read:

- "The Four Agreements" A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom," by Miguel Ruiz \ Excerpt

- "Word from a Wanderer" and "Love in My Language," by Alex Elle \ Excerpt