Unpublished Work © 2011 Cristina Carlino
remember the golden rule? you may have first heard about it in kindergarten. our little worlds were getting bigger. that’s when we were taught about cooperation and sharing in groups even larger than our family. if you wanted to be heard you raised your hand to speak. if you wanted to have any friends, you let everyone have their turn on the swing. it was all for the common good. whether we were good at it all the time (and believe me i wasn’t), we wanted to be. our little bodies and souls knew doing good felt good. plus we might even get rewarded with a gold star!
now we are all adults living in a very busy and complex world that seems to be getting both bigger and smaller and more out of control every day. in more situations than we can count, we have learned to take care of and watch out for ourselves. many of us may not even know what “for the common good” even means anymore. it means, basically, considering the greatest good for the greatest number, and to “sweeten the deal”, choosing for the common good is good for you, too!
here are a few reasons why:
l. considering others is good for your heart. scientifically proven. something you may not have been so concerned with in kindergarten.
2. when we choose for the common good we are choosing from love whether we know it or not . whether we are l00 percent enamored with our choice or not. more love less fear. less fear less stress.
3. choosing for the common good does not mean you lose ourselves. rather you may find yourself at last in your right home where you have always lived – a global village.
2. when choosing for the common good you are not asked to be a martyr, hero or doormat. in fact with the weight of the world not living solely on your shoulders, you may feel less like one of those than you have in years. you may feel very happy!
3. choosing for the common good doesn’t mean our needs are not important. it doesn’t mean we are less lovable. it can mean we are more loved.
3. choosing for the common good can naturally make you more compassionate. medical research proves that being compassionate lifts a hormone in our brains ( DHEA ) that slows the aging process. something else we didn’t care about in kindergarten.
4. choosing for the common good is a good choice for us because now, unlike when we were children, we have a myriad of other additional opportunities to practice it: here’s just a few:
– at home – listen, laugh, forgive, repeat
– in traffic – be really, really polite and considerate
– at work – get your job done. everyone’s livelihood depends on it.
– at a movie theatre – “shhhhh means “shhhhhhhhh”
– at the gym – play well with others
– charity – if one person’s hungry, we are all hungrier than we know
– volunteering – time is your greatest gift. Long before time is money.
– with your neighbors – live and let live and let your dog in if she’s barking
– in your places of worship – consider that God loves the person next to you as much as He loves you.
– for the environment – please leave this world as clean as when you came and a little cleaner, for our children.
choosing for the common good may not at this point in our adult lives include the possibility of a gold star, but unlike any other time in recorded history, it may be our only hope for survival.
i’d love to hear ways how choosing for the common good has proven to be good for you.
peace and blessings,