Lance Scranton: Do one thing; live by the Golden Rule

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Lance Scranton

“The Devil is in the details.” At least that’s what I heard from my Mom growing up when I tried to over-complicate things. “Just do what you’re supposed to; tell the truth and you don’t even have to have a very good memory,” she would tell me.

The older I get, the more I realize how true the old saying is and how right my Mom was, even though it took me some time to heed her advice. I’ve never been a very good liar, but I sure could over-complicate things.

I sometimes get myself into trouble with students because I tend to just tell them the truth without a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down. But most adults and students alike appreciate the fact that when they talk to me, I’m going to err on the side of honesty.

Sometimes it’s difficult to hear the truth, and we’ve become conditioned to hearing about heredity and genetics for a whole host of problems that might easily be solved if we were honest with others and mostly with ourselves.

The game of life isn’t really that complicated when we do one thing — practice the Golden Rule. It’s easy to expect others to do nice things for you or give you the respect that you deserve, but when we give to others that which we expect from them, it keeps things pretty simple. I can think of all kinds of “complicated” reasons for being selfish, negative and just plain mean, but I know that’s not the type of person I want to be around.

Complicating things can be easy in a world enamored by computers and collecting data, but it’s like asking students who knows the rules better than anyone else? Usually the rule-breakers! Why make it so difficult? It’s so much easier to just keep it simple, be real, and practice the Golden Rule. Besides, my memory isn’t getting any better!

At least that’s what I think.

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