02 February 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 4

Welcome to Day 4 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.


"Caring is a powerful business advantage." Scott Johnson of Johnson and Johnson

Johnson and Johnson is a family business, a company that cares about its customers and the quality of its products. This has become a rare business practice in a climate that values the bottom line above all things. But Scott Johnson is right about the rewards of caring in the operation of any business. Caring is a fundamental aspect of creating a work ethic of quality, value and service. Beyond the importance of caring in the workplace, the cost of apathy in our culture is plain to see. There are those who do not care about what is happening to our human family or to our planet. If we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem.

According to Peter McWilliams, "Nonviolence toward the self is caring for oneself. It is what the Greeks call reverence for the self." Real caring is not just what we say, but what we do. Make a list of at least five ways that you can take better care of yourself. Practice at least one today.

Today, do something to show that you care. Volunteer to help or donate money to a cause dear to your heart, or help out someone in need. Journal about how it feels to actively support your cause.

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