MOMI LEARNS| The Golden Rule

May 3, 2017 | Life, Love, Only Berlin

Momi Berlin read to her 20-month-old son the story of the Ant and the Dove.  And she remembered something similar that occurred more than 20 years ago.

The Ant and the Dove

The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule

One day a thirsty ant stopped to have a drink from the river.  Just then he lost his balance and fell into the water and was washed away.  A dove happened to be sitting in a tree nearby and saw what happened.  He quickly plucked a leaf off the tree and threw it down into the water next to the ant.  The ant was able to climb onto the leaf and was saved from drowning.

A while later a hunter came by with his trap.  He started setting up his trap to catch doves.  The ant knew what he was up to.  “How can I let this hunter catch the dove that saved my life?” he thought.  “I must do something!  But how can a little ant like me save my friend from a great big man?”   Then he had an idea.  He hurried across the path, climbed the man’s leg and then gave him a very sharp bite.  “Owwww!”, yelled the hunter and dropped his trap.  The dove flew off.  “Thank you, dear ant, for saving my life,” he called.  “I’ll never forget your kindness!”

The Aspiring Auditor and her Junior

A Senior Journalism student ran for Auditor of the Journalism Society.  She doubted her win as her rival had a boyfriend from the Junior class.  Surely, the boyfriend had ways to campaign for his girlfriend.

Before the canvassing of votes took place, the aspiring Auditor met one Junior Journalism student.  The latter wished her Senior good luck and mentioned she voted and campaigned for her.  “I will never forget your kindness,” the younger Journalism student said.

It happened that a year before that, the two had an encounter.   The Senior Journalism student did something nice for the younger stude, thus the latter returned the favor.

The Golden Rule

Do to others as you wish them to do to you.

I learned of this Golden Rule from my mom’s dear friend.  And ever since, I tried my best to live by it.   And one of the payoffs I received was when I helped a younger student and exactly a year after she helped me with my campaign.  Yes, the aspiring auditor was me about twenty years ago and I won with a landslide victory.


  1. DreamCatcherGirlPH

    Doing good deeds to others really returned ten folds as what we expected as long as we didn’t expect in any return from them. But if you do, then its not good deeds. Hopefully, this kindness of us, filipino, re-live and restored. For now, they live kindness hid something against you, people tend to think too much about others kindness or something else. This golden rule must not be forgotten. Thanks for reminding again of this rule. Happy Mother’s Day!

  2. Mumsdailyph

    Doing good always comes back a hundred folds. I always tell this to my kids. And even to myself, yes sometimes i remind myself too. What you sow is what you will reap. If you sow kindness then you will recieve kindness, if you sow generosity then you’ll reap blessings upon blessings.. sometimes it doesn’t go back to you directly as what you have planted but in other unexpected ways..

  3. Michi

    Indeed, you reap what you sow. So it is really better to show kindness to everyone because you will never know the future. The world would be a better place if we only follow the golden rule.

  4. Tipid Mommy

    Wow! You’re into writing na pala ever since sis.

    And I agree! As they say, “kindness is like boomerang it always comes back to you” 🙂

  5. Nilyn Matugas

    Karma is true. The bible says that too, “for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap”. Especially now, karma is digital na talaga. So kailangan talaga mag ingat sa kung ano ang ginagawa sa iba.

  6. Wendy

    Another great story!:)

  7. May

    Good on you to have the opportunity to bless her back. 🙂 I also do not forget the people who stuck with us and helped us when we were at our lowest. It’s hard to bless them back because God favors them extremely. But we give importance to the things that we feel are important to them such as their children’s birthdays, their anniversary dinners, etc. 🙂

  8. Angel Enero | MrsEneroDiaries

    I remember this story when I was in high school. This is one good story with a moral lesson that we can teach our little ones. Do good and good will follow.


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