The Season, launched at the United Nations in 1998, marks the annual 64 calendar days between the memorial anniversary of the assassination of Mohandas K. Gandhi on January 30 and that of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4. The Season teaches that every person can move the world forward in the direction of peace through daily nonviolent choices, words and actions.
WEEK 8 (50-56)
Nonviolence challenges us to stand for Truth by taking action that honors the dignity and worth of every human being.
Day 50 – CHOICE (March 20)
Be aware today of any jokes or remarks that show disrespect toward ethnic groups, women or men, classes of people, religious groups, gays or lesbians. Be considerate of every person’s dignity and choose not to participate in disrespectful conversation.
Day 51 – ADVOCACY (March 21)
“When someone stands up to nonviolence,” says Thich Nhat Hanh, “a force for change is released. Every action for peace requires someone to exhibit the courage to challenge violence and inspire love.” Today be an ally. Without blaming or judging others, speak out for those who are disrespected.
Day 52 – EQUALITY (March 22)
Have you ever noticed the groups of people who are under represented in your activities and lifestyle? Find one way to connect with a person from these groups today.
Day 53 – ACTION (March 23)
“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. Today, find a way to make one, small change that will contribute to the well-being of your home, school, workplace or community.
Day 54 – GIVING (March 24)
Practice generosity by sharing time, energy, and material resources with those in need. Clean out your closet, bureau drawers, or garage. Are there things you aren’t using that might be of value to someone else? Today, give away what you are no longer using.
Day 55 – RESPONSIBILITY (March 25)
The quality of your community starts with you. Take responsibility for the quality of your community wherever you are. Today, pick up trash that is not your own, whether at home, at the office or on the street. Every little bit helps.
Day 56 – SELF-SUFFICIENCY (March 26)
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. Today, create a job for someone or help someone to find employment (for example, help them with a resume or application, help them make phone calls, dress appropriately, or practice interviewing).
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.