October 2nd rolled in today and I wondered what it was all about. Well, it turns out it is International Farm Animal Day, and International Non-Violence Day!
Apparently this day of non-violence is celebrated on Mahatma Ghandi's birthday. According to this holiday, we are meant to look at the lives of peaceful people and be inspired by their actions. I love it. I'm already planning a tea and blanket party this afternoon with an e-book I find about Nelson Mandela or someone inspiring like that. I love it.
And interestingly, Farm Animal Day too.... For this holiday, they want us to appreciate the animals that are involved in farming and to think about how we could improve their lives. I often think of these guys. But I will for sure think about them today.
All this peaceful non-violent talk. I would never have known that this day existed if I hadn't gone looking. Oh well. It's all so unpleasant outside today with some type of precipitation that can't decide if it is rain or snow here in Regina. It's kind of a perfect day for thinking about kindness and ideas that work towards non-violence and peace.
I realize some people will not have the luxury of staying in and doing a peaceful reflection. But maybe there is some level of non-violence we can all aspire to on this day. Like maybe wait that extra breath before you choose your words, that they might be kind. Or refrain from beating yourself up about something you feel bad about. Sometimes we are the most nasty and violent towards ourselves. I know that can be me sometimes. Sometimes I like to imagine giving myself a little inside hug and just telling myself that I am ok just the way I am. And why not, I think this idea is certainly better than violence (be it thoughts or actions).
Anyway, I wish you a happy Non-violence day! Good luck in finding your own non-violent way to celebrate :)