A Season for Nonviolence - 64 Ways in 64 Days

Daily Commitments to Live By : These principles for nonviolence were adapted by the Denver Area Task Force for: A Season for Nonviolence - January 30-April 4, 1998


Inspired by the 50th & 30th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    1 -- Today, I will reflect on what peace means to me.

    2 -- Today, I will look at opportunities to be a peacemaker.

    3 -- Today, I will practice nonviolence and respect for Mother Earth by making good use of her resources.

    4 -- Today, I will take time to admire and appreciate nature.

    5 -- Today, I will plant seeds--plants or constructive ideas.

    6 -- 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.

    7 -- Today, I will acknowledge every human being's fundamental right to justice, equity, and equality.

    8 -- 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.)

    9 -- Today, I will work to understand and respect another culture.

    10 -- Today, I will oppose injustice, not people.

    11 -- Today, I will look beyond stereotypes and prejudices.

    12 -- Today, I will choose to be aware of what I talk about and I will refuse to gossip.

    13 -- Today, I will live in the present moment and release the past.

    14 -- Today, I will silently acknowledge all the leaders throughout the world.

    15 -- Today, I will speak with kindness, respect, and patience to every person that I talk with on the telephone.

    16 -- Today, I will affirm my value and worth with positive "self talk" and refuse to put myself down.

    17 -- Today, I will tell the truth and speak honestly from the heart.

    18 -- Today, I will cause a ripple effect of good by an act of kindness toward another.

    19 -- Today, I will choose to use my talents to serve others by volunteering a portion of my time.

    20 -- Today, I will say a blessing for greater understanding whenever I see evidence of crime, vandalism or graffiti.

    21 -- Today, I will say "No" to ideas or actions that violate me or others.

    22 -- Today, I will turn off anything that portrays or supports violence whether on television, in the movies, or on the Internet.

    23 -- Today, I will greet this day--everyone and everything--with openness and acceptance as if I were encountering them for the first time.

    24 -- Today, I will drive with tolerance and patience.

    25 -- 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).

    26 -- 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.

    27 -- Today, I will talk less and listen more.

    28 -- Today, I will notice the peacefulness in the world around me.

    29 -- Today, I will recognize that my actions directly affect others.

    30 -- Today, I will take time to tell a family member or friend how much they mean to me.

    31 -- Today, I will acknowledge and thank someone for acting kindly.

    32 -- Today, I will send a kind, anonymous message to someone.

    33 -- Today, I will identify something special in everyone I meet.

    34 -- Today, I will discuss ideas about nonviolence with a friend to gain new perspectives.

    35 -- Today, I will practice praise rather than criticism.

    36 -- Today, I will strive to learn from my mistakes.

    37 -- Today, I will tell at least one person they are special and important.

    38 -- Today, I will hold children tenderly in thought and/or action.

    39 -- Today, I will listen without defending and speak without judgment.

    40 -- Today, I will help someone in trouble.

    41 -- Today, I will listen with an open heart to at least one person.

    42 -- Today, I will treat the elderly I encounter with respect and dignity.

    43 -- Today, I will treat the children I encounter with respect and care, knowing that I serve as a model to them.

    44 -- Today, I will see my so-workers in a new light--with understanding and compassion.

    45 -- Today, I will be open to other ways of thinking and acting that are different from my own.

    46 -- Today, I will think of at least three alternate ways I can handle a situation when confronted with conflict.

    47 -- Today, I will work to help others resolve differences.

    48 -- Today, I will express my feeling honestly and nonviolently with respect for myself and others.

    49 -- Today, I will sit down with my family for one meal.

    50 -- Today, I will set an example of a peacemaker by promoting nonviolent responses.

    51 -- Today, I will use no violent language.

    52 -- Today, I will pause for reflection.

    53 -- Today, I will hold no one hostage to the past, seeing each-as I see myself-as a work in process.

    54 -- Today, I will make a conscious effort to smile at someone whom I have held a grudge against in the past.

    55 -- Today, I will practice compassion and forgiveness by apologizing to someone whom I have hurt in the past.

    56 -- Today, I will reflect on whom I need to forgive and take at least one step in that direction.

    57 -- Today, I will forgive myself.

    58 -- Today, I will embrace the spiritual belief of my heart in my own personal and reflective way.

    59 -- Today, I will enlarge my capacity to embrace differences and appreciate the value of every human being.

    60 -- Today, I will be compassionate in my thoughts, words, and actions.

    61 -- Today, I will cultivate my moral strength and courage through education and creative nonviolent action.

    62 -- Today, I will practice compassion and forgiveness for myself and others.

    63 -- Today, I will use my talents to serve others as well as myself.

    64 -- Today, I will serve humanity by dedicating myself to a vision greater than myself.