Day 25 ~ February 24 ~ Friendliness
“It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
“Sometimes we read or hear too much news that makes us fearful or suspicious of others. We can forget that most of the people that we know, or at least encounter regularly, are decent and friendly.” ~ Adrienne Clarkson
"The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it." ~ Hubert Humphrey
Ibukhun Fashanu, age 15, Nigeria
Peace Pals International
When we are friendly, our starting assumption is that others are well-intentioned and open to reciprocity, and that we can learn from them. This does not mean we are naively oblivious to the fact that generous assumptions may be wrong - and definitely will be at times. Rather, friendliness means that in the absence of evidence to the contrary we assume the best, and even when evidence is mixed we tend to give people the benefit of the doubt. Every time you are friendly toward another, you help break down the wall of separation and you contribute to nonviolence.
Today I regard everyone I meet as a new friend. What do I have to lose but my fear and sense of separation? How can I be a friendlier person?
Make a list of 3 acts of kindness you could do today that would be a gesture of friendship towards someone you don’t know well. Do one of them.
Action for Teens
Expand your circle of friends today. Meet someone new or just be friendly to someone that you have never made the effort with before.
Action for Children
Say hello to one new person on the playground today.
“Fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” ~ Shirley MacLaine
“The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.”
~ Abraham Lincoln