40 Daily Acts & Peace Quotes

In order to provide greater focus to these 40 Days of Peace, these 40 Acts of Peace and Peace Quotes have been put together so that you have an opportunity to do something different each day during the 40 days. Your commitment to taking on the challenge of the 40 Acts of Peace during this period will enable you to do your part in creating YOUR community of peace and expand relational horizons by:    1. Having an awareness of ourselves and how we affect others  through our words and actions 2. Taking an interest in, and a concern for, other people 3. Thinking before we act 4. Choosing how to act in each situation40   It takes small steps to make great leaps on the path to peace. Make a difference in your own life and in the lives of others on your journey towards being a PEACEMAKER.  

Action Item Quote of the Day
January, 16 Monday Join a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day service project. For a list of projects, see www.mlkchallenge.org “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January, 17 Tuesday Cease all negative words about or towards other people. “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy
January, 18 Wednesday Practice STAR: Stop, Think, Act, Review. Put yourself in the shoes of another. Do not react to negative situations. “An eye for an eye, and soon the whole world is blind.” – Mahatma Gandhi
January, 19 Thursday Honestly and genuinely complement two strangers. Make it sincere. Look for something in another per-son that you genuinely appreciate. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January, 20 Friday Say “Thank You” to at least two strangers. “Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a dis-position for benevolence, confidence, justice.” – Baruch Spinoza
January, 21 Saturday Forgive two people in your life. “It isn’t enough to talk about peace, one must believe it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it, one must work for it.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
January, 22 Sunday Send five positive email messages to people with whom you have not communicated for quite some time. “We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.” -Dr. King, Jr.
January, 23 Monday No negative talk, none whatsoever. “Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.” -Buddha
January, 24 Tuesday Perform one random act of kindness. ““We cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude to-ward it. Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness. Tear out arrogance and seed humility. Exchange love for hate—thereby, making the present comfortable and the future promising.” – Maya Angelou
January, 25 Wednesday Help a stranger in need. “Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.” -Aristotle
January, 26 Thursday Honestly and genuinely compliment at least four people. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a na-tion where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Dr King, Jr.
January, 27 Friday Let go of a grudge, quit being angry at one person today. “A smile is the beginning of peace.” – Mother Teresa
January, 28 Saturday Be especially kind today TO EVERYONE! “To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice.” – Confucius
January, 29 Sunday Say “Hello”, speak to a stranger. What is their story? “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of geni-us—and a lot of courage –to move in the opposite direction.” – Albert Einstein
February, 30 Monday Be patient with someone who irritates you. “It is reasonable that everyone who asks justice should do justice.” – Thomas Jefferson
February, 31 Tuesday Say something positive to four people, make their day! “This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.” – Theodore Roosevelt
February, 1 Wednesday Perform one random act of kindness. “If you want to look for world peace, go home and love your families.” – Mother Teresa
February, 2 Thursday Say something kind to two strangers. “If there is to be peace in the cities, there must be peace between neighbors; if there is to be peace within neighbors, there must be peace in the home; if there is to be peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart.” Lao Tzu
February, 3 Friday Talk to two people who are very different from you. What is their story? “I resolve to speak ill of no man whatever, not even in a matter of truth; but rather by some means ex-cuse the faults I hear charged upon others, and up-on proper occasions speak all the good I know of everybody.” -Benjamin Franklin
February, 4 Saturday Write a “thank you” note to someone who has helped you. “You can’t fix every problem, but what you can fix, you must.” – Bono
February, 5 Sunday Take time to listen to a stranger. What is their story? “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
February, 6 Monday Say “Thank You” for five good things in your life, even the small. “We must be the change we wish to see.” – Mahat-ma Gandhi
February, 7 Tuesday Genuinely and honestly compliment two people. “The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.” – Ann Landers
February, 8 Wednesday Give one hour of your time helping another. “I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.” -Abraham Lincoln
February, 9 Thursday Ask someone how you can help, then help them. “Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your desti-ny.” – Anonymous
February, 10 Friday Forgive one person in your life. “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” – Nelson Mandela
February, 11 Saturday Perform one unpleasant chore without complaints. “You see things, and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were, and I say, ‘Why not?’” – George Bernard Shaw
February, 12 Sunday Reach out to one elderly person, make their day better! “The structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man or one party or one nation. It must be a peace which rests on the cooperative effort of the whole world.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
February, 13 Monday Respond to rudeness with one carefully chosen peace-ful word. “Change your thoughts, and you change the world.” – Norman Vincent Peale
February, 14 Tuesday Apologize to one person whom you have offended. “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke
February, 15 Wednesday Give one hour of your time helping another. “The believer in non-violence is the person who will willingly allow himself to be the victim of violence but will never inflict violence upon another.” – Dr.
February, 16 Thursday Speak kindly to someone you normally ignore. “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself; nothing, but the triumph of principles.” – Ralph Waldo Emer-son
February, 17 Friday Refrain from judging anyone. “I don’t do great things. I do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa
February, 18 Saturday Be thankful for 5 people in your life. “Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.”- Albert Einstein
February, 19 Sunday Smile & say “Hello” to four strangers today. “It isn’t enough to talk about peace; one must be-lieve in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it; one must work at it.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
February, 20 Monday Say “Thank You” for five good things in your life, even the small ones. “If you love peace then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed. But hate these things in yourself, not in another.” -Mahatma Gandhi
February, 21 Tuesday Apologize to one person whom you have offended. “Peace is the respect for the rights of others.—Benito Juarez
February, 22 Wednesday Give one hour of your time helping another. “Always do right—this will gratify some and astonish the rest.” – Mark Twain
February, 23 Thursday Reach out to one elderly person, make their day! “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful com-mitted citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
February, 24 Friday Discuss with co-workers, classmates, family members or neighbors ways in which you can make a difference in your community today. “The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes nor between parties ei-ther—but right through the human heart.” – Alexandr Solzhenitsyn