To take the question even further about the date, is there any point in you even reading further, if the date doesn’t fall within the 64 days of this Season For Non Violence? What’s it all about anyway?
Well, long time readers will know that’s exactly what I’m going to get to , so let’s jump right in…
I had never heard of the SNV before I read about it on someone’s blog, talking about simplicity. I was curious about it and, following advice I have given over many years, I went off and did some further research on my own.
The SNV happens between January 30th and April 4th. Those dates mark the shootings of 2 men who made an impact during their lives which became their legacies after their deaths.
Mahatma Gandhi was shot on January 30th, and Martin Luther King was shot on April 4th. Gandhi campaigned against the subjugation of Indians under the British Empire, and King campaigned against the subjugation of black people in the supposedly free and equal America.
Here are the 5 main tenets of the SNV, which you could argue both men held to:
– Honour dignity of human beings
– Understand words and action have impact
– Practice compassion
– Use our talents to empower rather than exert power
– Constructive dialogue to solve conflict
I like these! If we make an effort to follow them we can make the world around us a better place. That may sound airy fairy, but I believe it happens to be true. Both in how you act towards others *and* yourself.
If you act in this way towards others, you’ll be more inclined to act like this towards yourself. You’ll feel more contented about your surroundings, you’ll feel more energised towards your goals.
Then, if you act towards those goals, treating yourself with compassion and using your talents, how do you reckon you’ll act towards others? Yep, with more understanding, with a more empowering view, taking more personal responsibility.
Looks good on paper, doesn’t it? It feels a whole lot better when you take action and bring it into the real world, I can tell you!
Back to that blog post that first brought the SNV to my attention. Here’s a link to the post on the blog called Upbeat Living
It talks about simplicity. Simplicity is something I have written about many times, including in my book, when it comes to self improvement and goal achievement. By following a set of steps, you can move forward in ways you might not have thought possible previously.
There is no magic wand, the obstacles and difficulties will still be there, but by keeping things simple you can equip yourself to handle them in a totally new way.
Tying this together with the ideas of the Season for Non Violence seems a great fit to me – that’s why I prefer to write about it *after* the dates mentioned, because the principles apply whatever date I write about them, and they apply whatever date you are reading this too!
So, does out of season mean out of date? No, it doesn’t, and I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback.
‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
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