- May 11, 2003From: gringa@... (Donna) Date: Sun, May 11, 2003, 10:48am To:
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¡Feliz Dia de las Madres!
Happy Mother's Day!
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'THINK on THESE THINGS'
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Most successful ventures have behind them some hardships. We as human
beings, demand such experiences before we can truly appreciate the
meaning of victory. No one promised that life would be son long gala
event, but if we're made of durable stuff, we neither let it hinder us
nor make us run roughshod to get ahead.
We must always recognize past hardships for what they are. We cannot
ignore them, fo they are a part of our makeup. But neither can we let
them become crutches to lean upon when there's a need for an excuse.
Bitterness over past experiences wastes valuable time. Perhaps it was
those hardships that gave us the strength to rise above the mediocre
things. However crude, ugly or unhappy, even when combined with all our
other knowledge they form the perfect circle and play no more important
part than all the rest.
In the words of American poet John Neal, "No man ever worked his passage
anywhere in a dead calm."
May 11 - Daily Feast
Honeybees that relied on early flowers in the garden can now feast all
across the meadows. red clover, honey locust trees, and rose-colored
Indian paintbrush abound in clusters to feed the bees and give peace to
the eye. An evening chorus of field sparrows trills in the wheat field
and a nesting killdeer demands privacy by doing her broken-wing act to
sidetrack walkers. The whole meadow teems with activity until dusk - and
then a silence pervades, only to be broken by the throaty voice of the
tree toad. It is common knowledge among the Cherokee that every animal,
except man, knows the main business of life is to enjoy it, and he, the
Cherokee, sides with nature.
~ Seed time is here but your grounds have not been prepared for
planting. Go back and plant the summer's crop. ~
'A Cherokee Feast of Days', by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
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Inc., an American Indian-owned non-profit organization. Order their many
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Elder's Meditation of the Day May 11
"[The Old People] would gather words as they walked a sacred path across
the Earth, leaving nothing behind but prayers and offerings."
---- Cleone Thunder, NORTHERN ARAPAHOE
Whenever we walk on the Earth, we should pay attention to what is going
on. Too often our minds are somewhere else, thinking about the past or
thinking about the future. When we do this, we are missing important
lessons. The Earth is a constant flow of lessons and learning, which
also include a constant flow of positive feelings. If we are aware as we
walk, we will gather words for our lives, the lessons to help our
children; we will gather feelings of interconnectedness and calmness.
When we experience this, we should say or think thoughts of gratitude.
When we do this, the next person to walk on the sacred path will benefit
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