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Today is the 30th day of the AGNT Season for NonViolence (SNV). Today, we consider the quality of making amends. If you have ever shouted at a small child, when you were having a bad day and they were doing nothing wrong, you know what it means to regret your actions. Most of us say to the small child, “I’m so sorry! I’m having a tough day, and I shouldn’t have yelled at you.” We look into their eyes for recognition and forgiveness. Small children are often surprisingly sophisticated, and they understand that we yelled, that they were innocent, that we are apologizing; and they forgive, whether they have the words or not. In apologizing and not doing it again, you are making amends. What if everyone always apologized for hurting someone else, and always meant it?
Here is AGNT’s meditation for Day 30:
DAY 30 Feb. 28: The thought for today is MAKING AMENDS. The other side of forgiveness is making amends, when it is you who has been – or needs to be – forgiven for hurt or wrongdoing you may have caused. As with forgiveness, the gift of making amends – to yourself and to whoever has been hurt or wronged – is revealed when it is given unconditionally from your heart. What would it be like if world leaders made amends?
“Making amends may seem like a bitter pill to swallow, but for those serious about recovery it can be great medicine for the spirit and soul.”
–Step 9 Forgiveness. The Twelve Steps
Today: As I interact with people today, I will reflect on whether there are ways I feel moved to make amends; I will let my heart gently guide me, as I recall each person’s unique ways of expressing his or her joys, fears and pains. I will be open to let my heart speak through words, actions, thoughts or prayers. I will offer a sincere apology to someone I may have hurt.
● Kebba Buckley Button is a minister and the award-winning author of the 2012 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core (http://tinyurl.com/abd47jr), and Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br). She also has a natural healing and stress management practice and is a celebrated public speaker.
● This blog, Peaceful People, is the new home for Rev. Kebba’s articles and movie reviews about the SNV, nonviolence, peace within, and cultivating peace. Until 2/19/13, her SNV posts and peace movie reviews were at http://kebbabutton.wordpress.com, under the banner of UpBeat Living. Please enjoy those as time allows.
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