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Program: 64 WAYS IN 64 DAYS

Daily Commitments to Live By

These principles for nonviolence were adapted by
the Denver Area Task Force for: A Season for Nonviolence 1998

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1 -- Today, I will reflect on what peace means to me.

2 -- Today, I will look at opportunities to be a peacemaker.

3 -- Today, I will practice nonviolence and respect for Mother Earth by making good use of her resources.

4 -- Today, I will take time to admire and appreciate nature.

5 -- Today, I will plant seeds--plants or constructive ideas.

6 -- Today, I will hold a vision of plenty for all the world's hungry and be open to guidance as to how I can help alleviate some of that hunger.

7 -- Today, I will acknowledge every human being's fundamental right to justice, equity, and equality.

8 -- Today, I will appreciate the earth's bounty and all of those who work to make my food available (i.e., grower, trucker, grocery clerk, cook, waitress, etc.)

9 -- Today, I will work to understand and respect another culture.

10 -- Today, I will oppose injustice, not people.

11 -- Today, I will look beyond stereotypes and prejudices.

12 -- Today, I will choose to be aware of what I talk about and I will refuse to gossip.

13 -- Today, I will live in the present moment and release the past.

14 -- Today, I will silently acknowledge all the leaders throughout the world.

15 -- Today, I will speak with kindness, respect, and patience to every person that I talk with on the telephone.

16 -- Today, I will affirm my value and worth with positive "self talk" and refuse to put myself down.

17 -- Today, I will tell the truth and speak honestly from the heart.

18 -- Today, I will cause a ripple effect of good by an act of kindness toward another.

19 -- Today, I will choose to use my talents to serve others by volunteering a portion of my time.

20 -- Today, I will say a blessing for greater understanding whenever I see evidence of crime, vandalism or graffiti.

21 -- Today, I will say "No" to ideas or actions that violate me or others.

22 -- Today, I will turn off anything that portrays or supports violence whether on television, in the movies, or on the Internet.

23 -- Today, I will greet this day--everyone and everything--with openness and acceptance as if I were encountering them for the first time.

24 -- Today, I will drive with tolerance and patience.

25 -- Today, I will constructively channel my anger, frustration, or jealousy into healthy physical activities (i.e., doing sit-ups, picking up trash, taking a walk, etc).

26 -- Today, I will take time to appreciate the people who provide me with challenges in my life, especially those who make me angry or frustrated.

27 -- Today, I will talk less and listen more.

28 -- Today, I will notice the peacefulness in the world around me.

29 -- Today, I will recognize that my actions directly affect others.

30 -- Today, I will take time to tell a family member or friend how much they mean to me.

31 -- Today, I will acknowledge and thank someone for acting kindly.

32 -- Today, I will send a kind, anonymous message to someone.

33 -- Today, I will identify something special in everyone I meet.

34 -- Today, I will discuss ideas about nonviolence with a friend to gain new perspectives.

35 -- Today, I will practice praise rather than criticism.

36 -- Today, I will strive to learn from my mistakes.

37 -- Today, I will tell at least one person they are special and important.

38 -- Today, I will hold children tenderly in thought and/or action.

39 -- Today, I will listen without defending and speak without judgment.

40 -- Today, I will help someone in trouble.

41 -- Today, I will listen with an open heart to at least one person.

42 -- Today, I will treat the elderly I encounter with respect and dignity.

43 -- Today, I will treat the children I encounter with respect and care, knowing that I serve as a model to them.

44 -- Today, I will see my so-workers in a new light--with understanding and compassion.

45 -- Today, I will be open to other ways of thinking and acting that are different from my own.

46 -- Today, I will think of at least three alternate ways I can handle a situation when confronted with conflict.

l express my feeling honestly and nonviolently with respect for myself and others.

49 -- Today, I will sit down with my family for one meal.

50 -- Today, I will set an example of a peacemaker by promoting nonviolent responses.

51 -- Today, I will use no violent language.

52 -- Today, I will pause for reflection.

53 -- Today, I will hold no one hostage to the past, seeing each-as I see myself-as a work in process.

54 -- Today, I will make a conscious effort to smile at someone whom I have held a grudge against in the past.

55 -- Today, I will practice compassion and forgiveness by apologizing to someone whom I have hurt in the past.

56 -- Today, I will reflect on whom I need to forgive and take at least one step in that direction.

57 -- Today, I will forgive myself.

58 -- Today, I will embrace the spiritual belief of my heart in my own personal and reflective way.

59 -- Today, I will enlarge my capacity to embrace differences and appreciate the value of every human being.

60 -- Today, I will be compassionate in my thoughts, words, and actions.

61 -- Today, I will cultivate my moral strength and courage through education and creative nonviolent action.

62 -- Today, I will practice compassion and forgiveness for myself and others.

63 -- Today, I will use my talents to serve others as well as myself.

64 -- Today, I will serve humanity by dedicating myself to a vision greater than myself.