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'THINK on THESE THINGS'
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
There must be a great many persons who have questioned their own wisdom
in having fought for a principle. To so many, it seems all they gleaned
from it was the title "different". Isn't this why so many refuse to
stand up for what they believe? We look at them in disbelief, the idea
that someone is trying to attract attention. If they are not twitted
about their actions they are treated with cold indifference which can be
It seems that if persons have the strength to say they will fight for a
certain truth, they must also have the strength to fight alone without
depending on those around them to tell them how they should conform.
They must not be embarrassed to be counted as unusual in the pursuit of
their particular belief.
But the individuals who find themselves alone in the stand they take
must remember that if it is truth they are following it will eventually
win and at least they can live with themselves. Not everyone can say
H.W. Beecher has written, "It is often said it is no matter what a man
believes if he is only sincere. But let a man sincerely believe that
seed planted without ploughing is as good as with; that January is as
favorable for seed-sowing as April; and that cockle seed will produce as
good a harvest as wheat, and is it so?"
Sincerity, like trust, must be rooted in those basic truths that are for
the good of everyone. If that which we sincerely believe in and live by
is truly good, then the results will speak so loudly that all who really
want to will see. Until we sincerely want to know good and do good, we
will never know it. And until we do, we only half live.
January 24 - Daily Feast
Other people have no more power than we do. They may have the knack for
making us think they can do anything. A little adjustment down in our
minds will stop the thought that we must cope and compete with those who
have greater advantages. If we believe anything holds us back, limits
our ability, we can know beyond a doubt that more ability resides in us
than we will ever have time to hone and develop. When we are doing
something we love to do, it comes naturally to mind our own business and
to polish our own skills. Love for the right work takes it out of the
role of labor and competition and makes it into a work of art. Then, the
little competitive self is dissolved into a powerful giant that didn't
realize how much he was growing.
~ Your nation supposes that we, like the white people, cannot live
without bread and pork and beer. But you ought to know that He, the
Great Spirit and Master of Life has provided....for us in these spacious
lakes....and woody mountains. ~
'A Cherokee Feast of Days', by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
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Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 24
"Always listen to what the Elders say."
--Dona Josefa Medrano, HUICHOL, SIERRA MADRE, MEXICO
In school we have been taught to go to the encyclopedia when we need
information about certain subjects. From the time we are little, we have
a natural tendency to seek out role models. When we need information
about living we tend to seek out books about living. These maybe self
help books. The world is full of information. For the Native people, we
have our Elders. All races have Elders. Our lives will run much smoother
when we listen to the Elders. They don't always tell us what we want to
hear but they always tell us what we need to hear. The Elders have the
ability to make the truth sweet.
You for the
me this day to
listen to them.
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