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Non-Violence Day

Emily Crone

Sometimes the state of our personal finances can make us a little hostile. When you see how much you have lost in your retirement account due to a plunge in the stock market, you may want to throw a chair across the room. When you realize you’ve overdrafted your checking account, you may want to punch a wall.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, best known around the world as Mahatma Gandhi, born 140 years ago today and remembered for his nonviolent methods of achieving change.And when you realize you spent way too much on your credit card and can’t return any of the items, you may want to kick yourself in the butt (this one is personal … I just spent four days in New York City and I lost a little control when shopping at stores we don’t have here in Texas).

Well, today is time to put aside the punching and throwing. It is the International Day of Non-Violence, observed on this day because it is Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.

No matter how bad the bills or stock markets are, take a deep breath and find some inner peace. Do some meditation, go on a run, have a massage. Do your best to get your finances in order, but don’t beat yourself (or anyone else) up about it. At least for today.

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