Most of us will have heard the phrase ‘do unto others what you would have them do to you’, and I guess most of us would want to live by that principle, but do we?

A few of us at Volunteer Cornwall had a discussion in the staff room recently over whether our nature as humans is basically selfish or selfless…. food for thought maybe?

Do we:

  • always think the best of others, even when they think differently to us?
  • come alongside others when they are struggling?
  • try and meet people’s needs when we have to put ourselves out to do so?
  • talk about others in a positive way, praising their strengths and minimising their shortcomings?
  • enable people to see and achieve their own potential?
  • work as a team, supporting each other?
  • find new ways of supporting the most vulnerable?
  • take action when someone is being mistreated?
  • treat everyone with the dignity they deserve?
  • go that extra mile?

I am sure there are many more things that you can think of to add to that list…

My thoughts are that I try to live by the above principle but so often fall short. However it’s not the falling that should determine who we are but the ability to learn and move on, striving to achieve what we believe.

Having worked for Volunteer Cornwall for a number of years now I have seen that principle worked out as a general rule. Don’t get me wrong we are not perfect but striving to make a difference.