28 February 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 30: Amends

Welcome to Day 30 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 30: AMENDS

"I will start anew, I will make amends and I will make quite certain that the story ends on a note of hope... and remember when I was able to begin again!" ~ Ebenezer Scrooge

Most of us are familiar with the story of Scrooge in Dickens' classic work, A Christmas Carol. It remains such a part of the western psyche because of the timeless truths it tells about life. The tale of how an innocent child becomes a bitter and greedy old man is all too familiar. As the various ghosts of his life reveal to him why he grew to be the man he is, he vows to change and make up to his family, community and employee for the unkindness he has shown. The trajectory of his life changes as he becomes more kind, generous and grateful, and makes amends for the pain he had caused. An apology is merely words, no matter how heartfelt they may be. Making amends requires actions that demonstrate our regret.

Today, contemplate or journal about those in your life you need to make amends to and imagine the effect doing so will make in their lives and your own. Take note of those situations in which the best amends is to let it be.

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