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"Today, I will cause a ripple effect of good by an act of kindness toward another."
A Season for Nonviolence: 64 Ways in 64 Days
We consider this list to be a valuable resource
year-round. You are welcome to choose one of the following commitments, and
use it to increase your sense of peace and the peace of those you touch
Jan. 31: Today, I will look at opportunities to be a peacemaker.
Feb. 1: Today, I will practice nonviolence and respect for Mother Earth by making good use of her resources.
Feb. 2: Today, I will take time to admire and appreciate nature.
Feb. 3: Today, I will plant seeds -- plants or constructive ideas.
Feb. 4: Today, I will hold a vision of plenty for all the world's hungry and be open to guidance as to how I can help alleviate some of that hunger.
Feb. 5: Today, I will acknowledge every human being's fundamental right to justice, equity, and equality.
Feb. 6: Today, I will appreciate the earth's bounty and all of those who work to make my food available (i.e., grower, trucker, grocery clerk, cook, waitress, etc.)
Feb. 7: Today, I will work to understand and respect another culture.
Feb. 8: Today, I will oppose injustice, not people.
Feb. 9: Today, I will look beyond stereotypes and prejudices.
Feb. 10: Today, I will choose to be aware of what I talk about and I will refuse to gossip.
Feb. 11: Today, I will live in the present moment and release the past.
Feb. 12: Today, I will silently acknowledge all the leaders throughout the world.
Feb. 13: Today, I will speak with kindness, respect, and patience to every person that I talk with on the telephone.
Feb. 14: Today, I will affirm my value and worth with positive "self talk" and refuse to put myself down.
Feb. 15: Today, I will tell the truth and speak honestly from the heart.
Feb. 16: Today, I will cause a ripple effect of good by an act of kindness toward another.
Feb. 17: Today, I will choose to use my talents to serve others by volunteering a portion of my time.
Feb. 18: Today, I will say a blessing for greater understanding whenever I see evidence of crime, vandalism, or graffiti.
Feb. 19: Today, I will say "No" to ideas or actions that violate me or others.
Feb. 20: Today, I will turn off anything that portrays or supports violence whether on television, in the movies, or on the Internet.
Feb. 21: Today, I will greet this day -- everyone and everything -- with openness and acceptance as if I were encountering them for the first time.
Feb. 22: Today, I will drive with tolerance and patience.
Feb. 23: Today, I will constructively channel my anger, frustration, or jealousy into healthy physical activities (i.e., doing sit-ups, picking up trash, taking a walk, etc).
Feb. 24: Today, I will take time to appreciate the people who provide me with challenges in my life, especially those who make me angry or frustrated.
Feb. 25: Today, I will talk less and listen more.
Feb. 26: Today, I will notice the peacefulness in the world around me.
Feb. 27: Today, I will recognize that my actions directly affect others.
Feb. 28: Today, I will take time to tell a family member or friend how much they mean to me.
Mar. 1: Today, I will acknowledge and thank someone for acting kindly.
Mar. 2: Today, I will send a kind, anonymous message to someone.
Mar. 3: Today, I will identify something special in everyone I meet.
Mar. 4: Today, I will discuss ideas about nonviolence with a friend to gain new perspectives.
Mar. 5: Today, I will practice praise rather than criticism.
Mar. 6: Today, I will strive to learn from my mistakes.
Mar. 7: Today, I will tell at least one person they are special and important.
Mar. 8: Today, I will hold children tenderly in thought and/or action.
Mar. 9: Today, I will listen without defending and speak without judgment.
Mar. 10: Today, I will help someone in trouble.
Mar. 11: Today, I will listen with an open heart to at least one person.
Mar. 12: Today, I will treat the elderly I encounter with respect and dignity.
Mar. 13: Today, I will treat the children I encounter with respect and care, knowing that I serve as a model to them.
Mar. 14: Today, I will see my co-workers in a new light -- with understanding and compassion.
Mar. 15: Today, I will be open to other ways of thinking and acting that are different from my own.
Mar. 16: Today, I will think of at least three alternate ways I can handle a situation when confronted with conflict.
Mar. 17: Today, I will work to help others resolve differences.
Mar. 18: Today, I will express my feeling honestly and nonviolently with respect for myself and others.
Mar. 19: Today, I will sit down with my family for one meal.
Mar. 20: Today, I will set an example of a peacemaker by promoting nonviolent responses.
Mar. 21: Today, I will use no violent language.
Mar. 22: Today, I will pause for reflection.
Mar. 23: Today, I will hold no one hostage to the past, seeing each -- as I see myself -- as a work in process.
Mar. 24: Today, I will make a conscious effort to smile at someone whom I have held a grudge against in the past.
Mar. 25: Today, I will practice compassion and forgiveness by apologizing to someone whom I have hurt in the past.
Mar. 26: Today, I will reflect on whom I need to forgive and take at least one step in that direction.
Mar. 27: Today, I will forgive myself.
Mar. 28: Today, I will embrace the spiritual belief of my heart in my own personal and reflective way.
Mar. 29: Today, I will enlarge my capacity to embrace differences and appreciate the value of every human being.
Mar. 30: Today, I will be compassionate in my thoughts, words, and actions.
Mar. 31: Today, I will cultivate my moral strength and courage through education and creative nonviolent action.
Apr. 1: Today, I will practice compassion and forgiveness for myself and others.
Apr. 2: Today, I will use my talents to serve others as well as myself.
Apr. 3: Today, I will serve humanity by dedicating myself to a vision greater than myself.