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Season of Nonviolence daily messages

SEASON FOR NONVIOLENCE  --  EVERYONE BELONGS HERE
 

Wednesday, March 29

Today’s Season for Nonviolence way of living peacefully is: Commitment.

When we make a commitment to something we make a promise. Commitment is needed most in the face of what is difficult, risky or unpopular.

 

“When confronted with a challenge, the committed heart will search for a solution. The undecided heart searches for an escape.” Andy Andrew

 

Tuesday, March 28

Today’s Season for Nonviolence way of living peacefully is: Peace.

Living with Peace inside us spreads to all around us. Choose to meet each day with an intention for peace.

 

“Without peace within, peace in the world is an empty wish.”

Paul Ferrini

 

Monday, March 27

Today’s Season for Nonviolence way of living peacefully is: Witnessing.

Starting today I will no longer deny or turn my back on injustice, inequity, intolerance, or cruelty of any kind.

 

“That which we witness, we are forever changed by, and once witnessed we can never go back.” Angeles Arrien

 

Friday, March 24

Today’s Season for Nonviolence way of living peacefully is: Citizenship.

Being a good citizen carries with it responsibility, an obligation to live and treat others with respect and fairness and always looking for ways to partner with others to improve the quality of life in a peaceful and nonviolent way.

 

“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” President John Fitzgerald Kennedy

 

Thursday, March 23

Today’s Season for Nonviolence way of living peacefully is: Service.

Being helpful to others without seeking anything in return is a gift - to the recipient and to you.

 

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”

Mohammed Ali

 

Wednesday, March 22

Today’s Season for Nonviolence way of living peacefully is: Responsibility.

The quality of my community starts with me. Whatever I am today is the result of what I have thought, spoken, and done. The responsibility for both present and future is in my own hands. 

 

“We have the Bill of Rights. What we need is a Bill of Responsibilities.” Bill Maher

 

Tuesday, March 21

Today’s Season for Nonviolence way of living peacefully is: Action.

Even the smallest action can contribute to better our school and community. Look around you - extend a hand or a kind word and express your commitment to peace and nonviolence.

 

“A person’s actions will tell you everything you need to know.” Unknown

 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Today's Season for Nonviolence way of Living Peacefully is Equality.

When you listen to people today, listen to them as equals; when you speak, speak to them as equals.  Do you think that everyone in our community is treated equally?  If not, what can you do to help change this?

 

"A government is just only when the whole people share equally in its protection and advantages." 

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

 

 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Today's Season for Nonviolence way of Living Peacefully is Advocacy.

Follow your instincts.  Be an advocate for what is just and right, even if it is inconvenient, unpopular, or risky to do so.

 

"Stand up for what is right even if you have to stand alone." 

Anonymous

 

 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Today's Season for Nonviolence way of Living Peacefully is Choice.  

Each day our actions or words are based on choice.  Practice every day to choose not to do or say anything hurtful.

 

"You are either opening in love, or are closing in fear.  It's your choice."

David Deida

 

 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Today's Season for Nonviolence way of Living Peacefully is Honor.

When we honor someone or ourselves, we let them know how proud we are of them or what they have done.  Today, think of one thing that you are proud of and then tell a friend oen thing that you honor them for.

 

"Never look down on anybody unless you are helping them up." 

Reverend Jesse Jackson

 

 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Today's Season for Nonviolence way of Living Peacefully is Ecology.

Humans and all of nature and the atmosphere depend on each other for life.  Respect those connections in all your daily actions.

 

"The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else." 

Barry Commoner

 

 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Today's Season for Nonviolence way of Living Peacefully is Disarmament.

To achieve peace in our families, communities, and countries, we must disarm from the inside out.  Let go of personal weapons of negativity, defensiveness, and anger.  Imagine what the world would look like.

 

"Without inner disarmament, it is very difficlut to achieve genuine, lasting world peace." 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

 

 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Today's Season for Nonviolence way of Living Peacefully is Compassion.

Imagine yourself in another's shoes.  Practice compassion and find someone who is alone at recess and ask if you can talk and learn about each other.

 

"Never look down on anybody unless you are helping them up." 

Reverend Jesse Jackson

 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Today's Season for Nonviolence way of Living Peacefully is Cooperation.

Peaceful cooperation brings people together towards a common goal and all can share in the celebration or accomplishment.  

 

"The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation

Bertrand Russell

 

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Today's Season for Nonviolence way of Living Peacefully is Accountability.

We are all accountable for what we do or say.  We must own our actions and words instead of blaming others.  

 

"It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable." 

Moliere

 

Tuesday, March 7

 

Today’s Season for Nonviolence way of living peacefully is: Hope.                      

Hope is believing in you and taking each step with confidence. Believe in the impossible and in others.                    

 

“We cannot live on hope alone, but without hope life is not worth living”.

Harvey Milk

 

Monday, March 6, 2017

 

Today’s Season for Nonviolence way of living peacefully is: Unity.

We are all basically alike even though there are some differences. Look for what you and someone have in common and build on that. We are stronger standing together.

 

"We are only as strong as we are united, and as weak as we are divided.”

J.K. Rowling

 

Friday, March 3, 2017

 

Today’s Season for Nonviolence way of living peacefully is: Dialogue.

Dialogue is talking between two people and being open to hearing another’s point of view. Open your ears and listen.

 

“If you start a conversation with the assumption that you are right or that you must win, obviously it is difficult to talk.”

Wendell Berry

 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

 

Today's Season for Nonviolence way of Living Peacefully is Kindness.

There is no place and no person for whom a little extra kindness would not be welcome.  A small act of kindness can make a huge impact on someone else's life.

 

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world."

Desmond Tutu

 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

 

Today's Season for Nonviolence way of Living Peacefully is Smiling.

Smiling is the most basic kind of peace work.  A smile can help the world to become more peaceful and may open the door to a new friendship!

 

"If you smile at me I will understand because that is something everybody, everywhere, does in the same language."

Stephen Stills

 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

 

Today's Season for Nonviolence way of Living Peacefully is Understanding.

When you find yourself disagreeing with someone, focus on understanding what they are saying - and why.  When you understand where someone is coming from, it's easier to accept and respect them, even if you disagree.

 

"Nothing in life is to be feared.  It is only to be understood.  Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less."

Marie Curie

 

Monday February 27, 2017

 

Today's Season for Nonviolence way of Living Peacefully is Inspiration

 

Often we need inspiration to accomplish our goal, especially if we don't think we're capable of it or we don't think it's possible. When Cesar Chavez was organizing Farm Workers in California he inspired them to say "

Si se Puede!" - Yes, it is possible!

You can Inspire yourself by saying, it is possible even if you don't know how your goal will be realized.

 

"Si se Puede!  Yes, it is possible!

Cesar Chavez

 

Friday February 24, 2017

 

Today's Season for Nonviolence Way of Living Peacefully is PatiencePatience comes from a Latin word meaning to suffer or enjoy. Whenever we practice patience cheerfully bearing with someone who is annoying or injuring discomfort rather than imposing it on others we create peace in our world.

 

"Patience is bitter, but it's fruit is sweet." 

Aristotle

 

Thursday February 23, 2017

 

Today's Season for Nonviolence Way of Living Peacefully is Forgiveness. When we forgive, we are not saying that hurtful behavior is okay. We are just letting go of any anger or resentment we feel towards someone so we can move on with our lives.

 

"It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgiveForgive everybody."

Maya Angelou

 

 

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

 

Today's Season for Nonviolence Way of Living Peacefully is listening. When you take the time to give someone your full attention, when you put away your cell phone and listen to them as if nothing else matters more than what they are saying, you are practicing non-violence.

 

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest Act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

Leo Buscaglia

 

Tuesday February 21, 2017

 

 Today's season for Nonviolence Way of Living Peacefully is Respect.  You do not have to agree with people or approve of their actions in order to show them respect. Is it possible to show the same respect to a homeless person as to the mayor of Alameda?

 

“I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me. All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”

Jackie Robinson 

 

 

Thursday February 16th, 2017

 

Today's season for Nonviolence way of living Peacefully is Freedom our personal freedom comes with the responsibility to respect the personal freedoms of others, even if we disagree with them.

 

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances their freedom of others." 

Nelson Mandela

 

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

 

Today's season for nonviolence weight of living peacefully is Empathy. The practice of empathy allows us to see other people from their point of view. It has been said that you don't know what another person is going through until you walk a mile in her shoes. Empathy leads to understanding and caring about people.

 

"Empathy is not simply a matter of trying to imagine what others are going through, but having the will to muster enough courage to do something about it."

Cornel West

 

 

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

 

Today's season for nonviolence weight of living peacefully is love. Martin Luther King Jr said that love is at the center of non-violence. In conflict, rather than putting your energy toward winning, see what channel in that energy towards a loving, non-violent solution can accomplish.

 

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate only love can do that." 

Martin Luther King, Jr

 

 

 Monday, February 13, 2017

 

Today's season for nonviolence way of living peacefully is Acceptance.

 

To accept is to say ‘yes’ to life in its entirety. Our good friends accept us and encourage us to be ourselves.

 

​"​A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is.

Jim Morrison 

 

 

Friday, February 10, 2017

 

Today's season for nonviolence weight of living peacefully is friendliness. Every time you are friendly toward another, you help break down the wall of separation and contribute to peace.

 

"There are no strangers, only friends you have not met yet."

William Butler Yeats

 

 

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

 

Today's Season for Nonviolence way of living peacefully is IntegrityIntegrity is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in Harmony. When faced with a choice, listen to your conscience, and be willing to act accordingly, no matter what others may say.

 

"The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively."

Bob Marley

 

 

Wednesday February 8th, 2017

 

Today's Season for Nonviolence way of living peacefully is Gratitude. Take a moment and think of one thing that you are grateful for, even if it is something very small. Notice how it feels to be grateful. 

 

"Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses." 

Alphonse Karr

 

 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

 

Today's Season for Nonviolence weight of living peacefully is Inclusion.

Inclusion means welcoming the full range of human diversity with respect to ability, language, culture, gender, age, race, religion, and other forms of human differences. How can we make sure that everyone in our school is included and belongs here?

 

"We are less when we don't include everyone."

Stuart Milk

 

 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Today's Season for Nonviolence way of living peacefully is Creativity. How can we use creativity to connect the world we see with the world we dream of?

 

"Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not."

Pablo Picasso

 

 

Friday, February 3, 2017

 

Today’s Season for Nonviolence way of living peacefully is Dreaming.

Even if things are hard at the moment, it is important to hold onto our dreams.  What are your dreams for yourself?  For Alameda?  For the earth?

 

“I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.” 

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

 

Today’s Season for Nonviolence way of living peacefully is Healing.

There is so much pain and suffering in the world that it can be hard to take it all in.  Luckily we do not have to fix everything ourselves because there are millions of people working together to heal our world.  We only have to identify our little part and start there.

 

“Each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world.” 

Marianne Williamson

 

 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

 

Today’s Season for Nonviolence way of living peacefully is Simplicity.

Are you aware of the simple connections between your life and the lives of others?  Who made the clothes that you are wearing?  Who grew the food that you ate for breakfast?

 

“Live simply so that others may simply live.”

Mahatma Gandhi

 

 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

 

Today’s Season for Nonviolence way of living peacefully is Believing.

Before we can dedicate our lives to working for peace, we have to believe that peace on earth is possible.

 

“Believe!  No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”

Helen Keller

 

 

Monday, January 30, 2017

 

Today’s Season for Nonviolence way of living peacefully is Courage.

The word courage comes from the French word for heart.  Courage is the ability to do what is in your heart.

 

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

Nelson Mandela