What you do to others you do to yourself. What you do to yourself, you do to others. ~Pema Chodron (exerpt from "Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living")
Sounds like that old addage we were all taught as kids, right? I can't tell you how many times I heard it growing up. Ad nauseum. The above however adds a different spin. In all my years of hearing "do unto others as you would have done to you" I never paused to recognize the opportunity for self harm if I didn't obey the rule. I never thought of the statement in reverse either. So I like this one a little better. It is more appropriate for this time in my life I think.
Instead of starting the week with "shoulds" and the nagging guilt that accompanies when I fall short of accomplishing the list of the perfectionist, I'll try instead to start with intention, an open heart and a big helping of forgiveness all around.