27 March 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 57: Service

Welcome to Day 57 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 57: Service

That service is the noblest which is rendered for its own sake.” ~ Mohandas Gandhi

If we give with the expectation of getting something in return, it really is not a gift at all. A true gift is offered for the joy of giving. When we can give our time and talents in service to others, out of a desire to contribute in meaningful ways; give back as an expression of gratitude for all the blessings we have received, we bring joy, love and light into our world.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love." Sign up to volunteer a minimum of two hours this month with an organization of your choice.

Do you routinely give your time to groups or causes you support? How about random acts of kindness or visiting a elderly relative or neighbor? Is your life too full and busy to give time away? Or is your life devoted to service? Contemplate these questions today and journal about the role of service in your life.

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