Three principles for 2015: kindness, Wisdom, Gratitude

Happy 2015 dear friends!

I have started 2015 in my hometown, and as I came back to Paris I was absorbed by some violent, but also some very solidary actions of the citizens in this beautiful city!

In order to start this blog-year well, I found out a petition on line, that corresponds to my beliefs: let’s promise to show Kindness, Respect, Wisdom and Gratitude the whole year! I have signed up, and in case any one would like to join, you will find the link at the end of the post. But I guess practicing is more important than signing 🙂

Three Principles for 2015

Show Kindness and Respect

We will show kindness and respect towards ourselves and others whenever possible. And it’s always possible, because everyone we meet is fighting a battle we may know nothing about.

Strive for Wisdom

We will seek to be wise in our decisions, listening deeply to ourselves and others, and balancing our heads, hearts and intuitions in a harmony that feels right.

Practice Gratitude

We will regularly reflect on what we’re grateful for, because it brings perspective, dissolves negativity, and grounds us in what’s most important.

Our community has overwhelmingly voted for these 3 simple, powerful principles to support each other to follow in 2015. Join thousands of others in this New Year’s pledge to ourselves, and then share stories and insights from our “journeys within” on a live chat tool. When 500,000 of us pledge, we’ll invite world leaders to personally join us, and we’ll all check in 3 times this coming year to see how we’re doing.


16 thoughts on “Three principles for 2015: kindness, Wisdom, Gratitude

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  3. I agree practicing these three principles would render one a better citizen, a better neighbor, but the tricky part, in my experience, regards the kindness and respect, which, when we are receiving kindness and respect, comes naturally, but when we are being treated cruelly or indignantly is not only challenging, but confusing. We must respect ourselves so how do we address another who disrespects us?

    The Dhammapada opens with the immortal words:

    “He reviled me! He struck me!
    He defeated me! He robbed me!”
    They who gird themselves with this
    Fail to quell enmity.
    Not by enmity is enmity quelled…
    by the lack of enmity is enmity quelled.

    And Jesus’ “turn the other cheek,” has become a slogan that in 4 words summarizes the morality of non-aggression … as his saying, “resist not evil.”

    Nevertheless, realistically, or in daily lived life, we find that enmity does quell enmity, and resisting evil does purge it.

    Recall Nietzsche’s words, “But if you have an enemy, do not requite him evil with good, for that would put him to shame. Rather prove that he did you some good. And rather be angry than put to shame. And if you are cursed, I do not like it that you want to bless. Rather join a little in the cursing….a little revenge is more human than no revenge.”

    And this would bring me to the central metaphor I attempt to live by: the glowing mirror. Reciprocate how others treat you, as a mirror reciprocates, but be a degree gentler, and move it in the direction of betterment, the three virtues you mentioned, kindness, wisdom, gratitude.

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