Welcome to Day 16 of the Season of Nonviolence – 64 Days of peaceful wisdom honoring the lives and nonviolent principles of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Cesar Chavez.
Nonviolence begins with learning how to be less violent and more compassionate towards ourselves. We learn by building the courage to speak and act with respect, honor and reverence for our own being.
Day 16: GRATITUDE
"Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts." ~ Henri Frederic Amiel
Giving is an act of gratitude. We give to charitable causes or tithe as signs of gratitude for all we have been given and all the blessings in our lives. We reveal our lack of gratitude when we unfavorably compare what we have to what others posses or what we want.
When we find our own good wanting it affects our actions and attitude. When we are grateful for what we have, we draw more good into our lives. How might your actions change if you showed gratitude for your job, home, family and friends? Would the quality of your at work improve or would you be mindful of showing your loved ones how much they mean to you by the way you speak to and interact with them?
On her show, Oprah Winfrey frequently promotes the daily practice of gratitude. Begin the day by listing five things for which you are grateful and end it by sharing with one person all of the good in your life today.
Choose at least one person or aspect of your life to show your gratitude by your actions. Consciously express your gratitude through your actions rather than words. Contemplate or journal about the experience.