Day 63 ~ April 3 ~ Release
“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” ~ Anna Quindlen
“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.”
~ Joseph Campbell
“Holding on is believing that there’s only a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future.” ~ Daphne Rose Kingma
"Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure."
~ Oprah Winfrey
Make room for what is here in this present moment, release the hurts and resentments and mistakes of the past and be present to the nonviolent presence you are right here right now. In the presence of a man or woman in whom all fear has been released, no one can be afraid. This is the power of true nonviolence, as we can see in the life of Gandhi and King. Because they had released all hostility, they were a profound force for peace. Release the weight of your past, the judgments of yourself and others, and be the change you wish to see. You really do make a difference in our world.
Today I am excited by the idea that in every moment I can choose to release my habitual identity in favour of “the possible me.”
Reflect back on how far you have come during this 64 day journey. Release the idea that World Peace is not possible by acknowledging that you really do make a difference.
Action for Teens
Today, look back on how far you have come during this 64 day practice of nonviolence. Make a list of what you need to release in order to be a more nonviolent person. Is it your temper, your impatience, your judgmental attitude? Release what is no longer serving you, and make new commitments to yourself to be more peaceful and loving. Know that you truly make a difference in the world.
Action for Children
If you are holding a grudge against someone who hurt you in the past, today is a good day to let go of it. Surprise that person by doing or saying something nice to him/her.
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” ~ Lao Tzu
- “It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.” ~ Alan Cohen
"You can’t move forward if you’re still hanging on." ~ Sue Fitzmaurice
"To let go is to release the images and emotions, the grudges and fears, the clingings and disappointments of the past that bind our spirit."
~ Jack Kornfield
Trisha Danielle Ko Sia, age 9, Philippines
Peace Pals International