"Nonviolence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming each other living beings, we are still savages." - Thomas A. Edison
"Nonviolence is the summit of bravery." - Mahatma Gandhi
Gandhi encouraged us to "be the peace we want to see in the world". Unity is our only chance of survival. Every voice, every heart, every action, matters. We live in challenging times. We can not afford to ignore or numb our emotions through passively sitting at a computer or watching a TV screen. The world will change when we change.
We must be conscious of our thoughts. Our thoughts become our words, in all our various forms of communication. Social media can not be our only form of sharing our truth. Any action can become habitual. We must be aware of our actions and our habits. Our actions and our habits speak to our values and our beliefs. What we value and believe creates our destiny.
In my adolescence I was aware of and influenced by and came to honor the civil rights movement. Early in my professional career, I was a passionate teacher in the addictions and recovery process. For the past 47 years, my work and mission has been in whole child education and Social Emotional Learning. Every day we must get up and take action. Act on our beliefs and values. Act to honor all life. Act to bring peace and love into the world.