Day 49 ~ March 20 ~ Honour
“It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honour him for what he is.” ~ Hermann Hesse
“Those who are good and pure in conduct are honoured wherever they go. The good shine like the Himalayas, whose peaks glisten above the rest of the world even when seen from a distance.” ~ The Buddha
“Dignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in deserving them.”
Qanita Qamarani, age 15, Indonesia
Peace Pals International
People who work for the welfare of others, will generally be deeply loved, respected and honoured wherever they go. It is a simple law of human nature that we love the highest, that we emulate such people, and we want to lead the kind of life they lead. This is the saving grace of human nature: when we see someone who is patient, kind, forgiving, and forbearing, we recognize their nonviolent ways, because we too, have those qualities. As we honour them, we honour ourselves.
Today I contemplate the radical, yet simple idea that I can feel honoured only insofar as I honour others.
Before each meal today, stop to honour all the hands that have in some way been involved in bringing this food to you and to bless the earth for its bounty.
Action for Teens
Recognize and honour the people in your life who have loved and supported you through your hardest times.
Action for Children
Say a quiet “thank you” before each meal to honour all of those involved growing, producing and preparing the food.
“If you seek what is honorable, what is good, what is the truth of your life, all the other things you could not imagine come as a matter of course.”
~ Oprah Winfrey
“A man has honour if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so.” ~ Walter Lippman