12 March 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 42: Accountability

Welcome to Day 42 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.


"If we want accountability, each of us must be accountable for all we do." ~ Christine Gregoire

Personal accountability seems to be a rare commodity these days. It is a sign of maturity and integrity to admit when our actions have caused harm to ourselves or others. Too often we point the finger, putting the blame on someone else even when we know we had a part in creating the mess. By being accountable for our choices, we demonstrate and model that character trait to all who stand witness.

Take notice of your own accountability today. Is nothing your responsibility or is everything your fault? Contemplate or journal about how accountable you are in your own life. Are there areas of your life where it is more difficult for you take responsibility for your choices? Do you dodge the consequences of your actions if you deny your accountability?

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