The Thought for Today is CELEBRATION

DAY 64 Apr. 3: The thought for today is CELEBRATION.

Margaret Mead said “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Nonviolence is building the courage to speak and act with respect, reverence and compassion for our own being.

Rejoice in the work that you have done.

Celebrate the journey that you have made with countless others who believe that every individual can move the world in the direction of peace with their nonviolent choice and action.

Today: I celebrate my knowledge and maturity, my choice of nonviolence, and the journey I have chosen.

Every day,
I join others in this prayer
for World Peace:

With each kind thought,
each choice for nonviolence,
we plant a seed that shall bloom
to bring forth rich fruit in its Season.

Together, friend, we till the soil and
plant the seeds that all creation may
sing for joy and dance in the
Garden of Peace.

May our prayers and practices
during this Season be but the beginning
of a new culture of peace, security and
joy that shall endure unto our
children’s children’s children.

Thank you so much for your
participation and contribution
to peace and nonviolence!
Much love!! Sadie @allnaturalme

The Thought for Today is RELEASE

DAY 63 Apr. 2: The thought for today is RELEASE.

A Sufi proverb says “when the heart weeps for what it has lost, the spirit laughs for what is found.”

Release the weight of your past, the judgments of yourself and others, and be the change you wish to see.

Make room for what is here in this present moment, release the hurts and resentments and mistakes of the past and be present to the nonviolent presence you are right here right now.

In the presence of a man or woman in whom all hostility has been released, others cannot be hostile.

In the presence of a man or woman in whom all fear has been released, no one can be afraid.

This is the power of true nonviolence, as we can see in the life of Gandhi. Because he had released all hostility, he was a profound force for peace.

Today: I reflect back on how far I have come during this 64 day journey. I release the idea that World Peace is not possible by acknowledging that I really do make a difference. Say out loud, “I DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!”

The Thought for Today is COMMITMENT

DAY 62 Apr. 1: The thought for today is COMMITMENT.

Until one is committed there is hesitancy, a chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans; that the moment that one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves, too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would come his way.

“Whatever you can do,
or dream you can, begin it!
Boldness has genius,
power and magic in it.
Begin it now!”

And so it is with nonviolence. We set forth a commitment to nonviolence with an intention that we can act upon today. By doing so, we are presented with situations and circumstances that will allow us to model our commitment, to bring nonviolence to a situation.

Today: I will identify what I am willing to do as a consequence of my commitment to nonviolence. I will clarify and affirm my personal commitment to nonviolence by sharing it with at least two people.

The Thought for Today is PEACE

DAY 61 Mar. 31: The thought for today is PEACE.

“Practice watering seeds of joy and peace and not just seeds of anger and violence, and the elements of war in all of us will be transformed,” says Thich Nhat Hanh.

You water seeds of anger and violence by deciding to stay angry and act violently. You water seeds of joy and peace by deciding to be peaceful, no matter what is happening to you.

Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart, and then respond in a nonviolent way.

“Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.” -Elie Wiesel

Today: I choose to meet each experience with an intention for peace. I will be aware of any feelings of anger or irritation and replace the feeling with calm. I envision any areas of unrest transformed into safe havens for all people. I see beyond conflict and discord to the truth: peace is everywhere present and active.

The Thought for Today is WITNESSING

DAY 60 Mar. 30: The thought for today is WITNESSING.

“We are each other’s bond,”
writes poet Gwendolyn Brooks.

Those who practice nonviolence cannot close their eyes to injustice or cruelty. We are here to be a witness for justice and compassion.

Those who practice nonviolence look at injustice or cruelty and know that it is possible for the situation to be different. You can stand up for truth by your presence, your words and your actions, and by doing so, make a difference.

Today: When I see injustice, I will say or take action to bring about a peaceful change. I will write down my thoughts about the action I took, and share this with another person.

The Thought for Today is INTERVENTION

DAY 59 Mar. 29: The thought for today is INTERVENTION.

Alcohol and drug abuse is both a consequence of, and a cause of, violence. You can make a difference in someone’s life through intervention.

Today: I will have the courage to intervene in a caring way with someone who is using alcohol or drugs. Through my honest, straightforward, and nonviolent communication, I will encourage them to get educated, get help, get sober and free from substances.

The Thought for Today is CITIZENSHIP

DAY 58 Mar. 28: The thought for today is CITIZENSHIP.

Robert Muller, former Assistant Secretary General to the United Nations urges, “Use every letter you write, every conversation you have, every meeting you attend, to express your fundamental beliefs and dreams.”

Make a difference in your community by becoming involved.

To be a citizen means to help your community be the best it can be. You are a member of many communities: your family, your place of work or school, your place of worship, your city, your country, and the planet.

Participation in your community presents an opportunity to model nonviolent action, peaceful resolution, and how each of us can and do make a difference.

Today: I will call or write one of my legislators and register my views. I will tell at least three people of my efforts and ask them to do the same.

The Thought for Today is SERVICE

DAY 57 Mar. 27: The thought for today is SERVICE.

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve … you only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”

How can you serve today?

What really gives value to anything is its usefulness in serving others. Our life draws its value not from the money we make, or the prizes we win, or the power we wield over others, but from the service we give every day to add a little bit more to the happiness of our family and our community.

And when you serve, do it without thinking of getting anything in return. Do it as a service to the universe, not reluctantly, but with joy. By doing so, you are a model to others, and add to a culture of nonviolence.

Today: I will volunteer a minimum of two hours this week with an organization of my choice and share my commitment with at least one person. I will do one thing today to help somebody at home, at school or work, or in my community, and then write a paragraph about the experience.

The Thought for Today is SELF-SUFFICIENCY

DAY 56 Mar. 26: The thought for today is SELF-SUFFICIENCY.

People need the dignity of work and the opportunity to provide for themselves and their families. Economic self-sufficiency is a requirement for a nonviolent world.

“Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency.”
-“Mahatma” Gandhi

For Gandhi, economic self-sufficiency – symbolized by the spinning wheel – was a vital element of independence from colonial rule and from oppressive economic conditions.

Today: I will discover the satisfaction of making something for myself instead of buying something – and from spending time in self-sufficient quiet reflection or meditation. If I know someone who is looking for employment, I will offer to assist them with a resume, an application, making phone calls, or practice interviewing.

The Thought for Today is RESPONSIBILITY

DAY 55 Mar. 25: The thought for today is RESPONSIBILITY.

The quality of your community starts with you. Take responsibility wherever you are. Whatever we are today is the result of what we have thought, spoken, and done in all the previous moments before now. The responsibility for both present and future is in our own hands.

If we live right today, then tomorrow will be right. This applies to our physical, emotional and spiritual life; we each have the ultimate responsibility for our choices.

Today: I will pick up trash that is not my own, whether at home, at the office or on the street. If there is a conflict present in my life, I will take responsibility for my part in the conflict.

The Thought for Today is GIVING

DAY 54 Mar. 24: The thought for today is GIVING.

Practice generously giving by sharing time, talent, energy and material resources with others. Whatever you give, do it without thinking of getting anything in return. Do it as a service, not reluctantly, but with joy. That is a real gift.

Whatever you give,
be sure it is from the heart:
“Not in what we give,
but what we share,
For the gift without the giver is bare.”

Today: I will clean out my closet, bureau drawers, or garage and give away things I’m not using. I will give my time to a volunteer organization and my financial resources to a cause that supports and practices nonviolence.

The Thought for Today is ACTION

DAY 53 Mar. 23: The thought for today is ACTION.

“Each of us can work to change a small portion of events and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation” said Robert Kennedy.

Imagine what actions Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy would be taking if they were among us today.

Truly nonviolent action is centered in love and compassion. Actions speak louder than words, it is said, yet it is not so much loudness as clarity and truth that matters; a gentle action can be far more powerful than a forceful one.

So, too, the smallest actions – those closest to home – can be more meaningful than those expressed from a distance.

Today: I will explore actions from the heart I can take today to express my commitment to peace and nonviolence – in both my personal life and in the public domain. I will find a way to make one small change that will contribute to the well being of my home, school, workplace or community.