While we’re all different, each of us has basic wishes. All living beings—humans and animals—want to be safe. We humans want to be happy, to be with those we like and who care about us. We want to be treated kindly and with respect. Animals also want to be safe and not be harmed. And many want to be loved. How do we get these good things we all wish for?
By giving them to others!
If we want to be happy and safe, respected, and cared for, we need to help others have these also. All others.
We can help other people and animals be happy and safe by treating them as we wish to be treated. We can sit next to the girl on the bus that no one ever sits next to and begin a conversation. We can take care to watch where we walk and not step on any insects.
What about things that grow and things that are not alive? We should respect and care for them as well. We could help water the plants when the weather is hot. We can straighten our books so our bookcase is nicely organized.
Looking around, we will find many ways to show our love for the people, animals, plants, and things that share our planet with us.
~ Excerpts from Chapter 5, How Will I Behave Today and the Rest of My Life?” ~