Since taking the precept to be nonviolent, I haven’t physically harmed anyone or anything. Recently at work (I work in the laundry department in the prison), someone snatched something that belonged to me. Rather than making a fuss or worse, I took some time to think. This person works with me, and I knew that sooner or later, what he took would turn up again. And it did. I didn’t even tell the supervisor what happened, and as of today, he still works with me.
The people who know of my vows didn’t agree with how I handled it, but they respect it. I mean, what’s the point in taking a vow if you break it the first chance you get?
The vows aren’t easy to keep at first, but it does get easier each time I choose to keep them.