13 March 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 43: Uniqueness

Welcome to Day 43 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 43: Uniqueness

"At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

We are born with our own personality. From birth we have unique relationships with each parent and our siblings. We may react to the same situation in completely different ways because each of us perceives through our own filters. Yet we are ONE family, one life sharing a beautiful planet and its resources. As we learn to celebrate our own unique qualities and quirks, it becomes easier to celebrate those of others. When we tear down walls of judgment that create conflict, we begin to recognize aspects of ourselves in everyone we meet.

Be aware of your own unique being today. Celebrate yourself, laugh at yourself, indulge yourself with love and compassion and take note of the unique qualities of others. Can you celebrate rather than condemn someone else's unique way of showing up in the world? Give it a try! Contemplate or journal about your experience.

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