- Dec 17, 2001December 17 - Daily Feast
One of our basic needs is to be accepted. We fear rejection and somehow
get the idea that we are worth only what someone else says we are worth.
We can't allow their experiences to put limits on who we are. Looking
for approval is a vicious circle. An outsider can be suspect - simply
because he is an outsider. And every person has to realize that
self-respect and self-acceptance precede what others may think.
Confidence is knowing who we are, heart, mind, and spirit, and never
allowing that confidence to cause us to put someone aside because he
lacks standing. The Cherokee believes we should not a da de hu to di -
insult the Great Spirit by criticizing one of His creation.
~ Many times we have been laughed at for our native way of dressing,
but could anything we ever wore compare to the utter foolishness of the
steel-ribbed corset? ~
"A Cherokee Feast of Days" by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Elder's Meditation of the Day - December 17
"Hear me! A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong."
You can take one arrow and break it in half. But if you take 12 arrows
in a bundle, it's almost impossible to break any of them. There is
strength in Unity. When we are together we are very powerful. This is
the way the ancestors told us we need to be. Strong. We need to unite
ourselves. This is why the Elders say, when we make decisions, we must
first consider the good of the people. If every person in the
community thinks this way, then we will always make strong decisions.
Creator, let my
the strength of
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