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© 2013 Kebba Buckley Button.  World Rights Reserved.

Who doesn’t love peace?  Who wouldn’t love a world in which all peoples treat each other like, well, people?  Who wouldn’t love a world in which countries are in robust commerce with each other, and everyone is prospering, and everyone has food, shelter, and health care?

Now, think of the most prominent terrorist dictators of the last century: didn’t they seem to feed on the power, rather than opportunities for peace?  Did their egos feel the violence they fomented?  Would humility have changed how these dictators behaved and how many of their own countrymen they killed?  Could they have operated as they did, had they been humble?  Today, the 14th day of Season for NonViolence, we consider the quality of humility.

Here is AGNT’s meditation for Day 14:

DAY 14 Feb. 12:  The thought for today is HUMILITY.  Making mistakes is a part of learning and growing, simply an error in approach.  Paradoxically, the only way we can begin to escape from the consequences of our actions is to stop running from them and to face them with fortitude and humility.  In this sense, every difficult situation is a precious opportunity for learning.

When we humbly acknowledge our mistakes and reflect on what we have learned, it frees us from the need to be defensive.   Being free from defending our position creates an opportunity for nonviolence.

The seeker after truth should be humbler than the dust. The world crushes the dust under its feet, but the seeker after truth should so humble himself that even the dust could crush him. Only then, and not till then, will he have a glimpse of the truth.

-Gandhi

Today:  As I gaze up at the stars tonight, I am aware of how small I am, how my life is but a fleeting moment in the vast scale of time and distances of the solar system and the universe.  And in that moment of humility, I acknowledge that I DO make a difference.

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● Kebba Buckley Button is a corporate stress management trainer and the author of the 2012 book, Peace Within:  Your Peaceful Inner Core (on Amazon.com >Books>Button) and the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (on Amazon.com >Books>Buckley).  She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister.

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