- May 31, 2003From: gringa@... (Donna) Date: Sat, May 31, 2003, 10:11am To:
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'THINK on THESE THINGS'
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Human dignity is that silent something in us that keeps us from falling
below the level where others look down on us to make light of our very
existence. None of us exists who cannot sense to some degree the feeling
that others hold for us. It may create in us a "show them" attitude that
takes us through life more successfully, but it will more likely destroy
our desire to be anything more than what is expected of us.
It is an appalling thing to see other impose their superiority upon the
human dignity of those whose literacy may not be equal to their own.
Only profound ignorance could convince anyone they have the right to see
and idly judge another's intelligence, or to insult the dignity of any
The little silent people who have not yet discovered within themselves
the abilities they need to lift themselves, still have the right and
dignity of being human. A small amount of respect and direction might
start them on the road to better things, though it might be all uphill.
At least if they know it is all uphill they may work harder and reach a
place where they can look back at those with lofty ideas about
themselves, standing forever stagnant, and feel more compassion than
they could ever have felt.
May 31 - Daily Feast
In this age of defending and demanding rights, we are often faced with
the question of who holds us back more than anyone else....and in all
honesty we must admit we are the ones. We narrow our vision and develop
helpless and hopeless attitudes to defeat us. And yet, we are the ones
who speed us on as well. Our good attitudes keep us moving and active
and able to do everything without reacting to the smallest incident as a
barrier in our way. We are willing to work, to initiate and set in
motion the good of life, and do it by not stepping on others. We keep a
constant vigil over our lo qui si, star, and reach up that we may lift
others up with us.
~ Misfortunes do not flourish particularly in our path. They grow
'A Cherokee Feast of Days', by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
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Elder's Meditation of the Day May 31
"Sell a country? Why not sell the air, the great sea, as well as the
earth? Did not the Great Spirit make them all for the use of his
The White Man's way is to possess, control and divide. It has always
been difficult for Indian people to understand this. There are certain
things we cannot own that must be shared. The Land is one of these
things. We need to re-look as what we are doing to the Earth. We are
digging in her veins and foolishly diminishing the natural resources. We
are not living in balance. We do not own the Earth; the Earth owns us.
Today, let us ponder the true relationship between the Earth and
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