- THINK on THESE THINGS
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Prisoners never love their jails. And the same holds true for all kinds
of prisoners, whether they be dogs on leashes or human beings tied to
responsibilities. If they are there of their own free will and because
they have a sense of belonging, the connecting link is made of love.
Responsible people with an assignment, and the feeling that it is theirs
alone, will do it to the best of their ability and see it though. But if
they must be watched and directed in every step, then it is a jail and
the first thought is how to get out.
Freedom to be an individual with the right to make even small decisions
is a precious possession. Freedom to come and go can build faith and
trust within people, to make them stick closer than brothers. The rigid
rules and constant prodding of a free spirit will force them to find
We simply cannot keep another in bondage without being in bondage
ourselves. To hold humanity by invisible force is to keep constant
watch. And even beneath that watchful eye there will be a continual
search for escape.
Anyone completely dependent upon others must always bear their
will-o'-the-wisp attitudes and the rising and lowering of the emotional
tides. However, it is presumptuous of anyone to believe they can
possibly be independent of others. Without other people, we cannot
But to believe we are doing our best for anyone except ourselves is to
build on sand. Of course others inspire us. They give us reasons to be
better. They give us the benefit of their experience, but we seldom
learn from that. We demand experience of our own. So consequently, we
err and make it right. We mar and erase. And sometimes we try and fail,
but always it is up to us to decide whether we do better or worse.
We can despair easily if allowed to become completely and utterly
dependent upon others. They are human and they make mistakes. But we
must know some measure of forgiveness the same as we must know some
independence, if only in the spirit. And if the spirit is free, then all
else shall be too.
March 2 - Daily Feast
Certain people affect us like a tight shoe that rubs in all the wrong
places. We try to ignore it until we can get to a private place where we
can get rid of it. But while we are wearing it the pain goes on and
becomes nearly impossible to bear. So much pecks away at us like
dripping water until we cannot ignore it. In retrospect we are the
foolishness of not handling the problem more quickly - but we were
taught to ha tse s da, grin and bear it. Be nice. Be kind. But the shoe
pinches and rubs and our patience grows short. How much wiser to quietly
step out of the shoes and never go back.
~ I kept out of all the fights and troubles. ~
LITTLE RAVEN - ARAPAHO, 1800's
"A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II" by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Elder's Meditation of the Day - March 2
"The voice and the heart are not working together."
--Barney Bush, SHAWNEE
We can say any words we want with our voice but we cannot hide the true
meaning and the true spirit behind the words. The true meaning is always
understood. The voice is heard in the physical world, but the meaning is
transmitted in the spiritual world. if our voice says one thing but the
heart is saying something else, it's the something else that is heard.
It is said that the truth will set you free. Reaching the truth means
your voice and your words will be in alignment with the heart.
let my tongue,
speak the truth
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'THINK on THESE THINGS'
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
How weak-willed we are at times when we've made a decision and know we
must stand on it. It is so much easier to give in to the easy way of
We are almost a "house divided against itself," and the strain of
staying with a decision seems almost our enemy. But we never gain much
stature by giving in to ourselves against our better judgement. And we
never get anywhere by scattering our efforts.
Making a decision is difficult enough without losing one's determination
in following through. Laying down the responsibility is someone like
warning children to behave themselves and then permitting them to
continue to misbehave.
How long has it been since you've proven to yourself that you mean
business in carrying out a plan?
A man of wisdom has written that we have firmness of character when we
have the ability to say "no" to the wrong as well as to those things
which are good but stand in the way of our progress.
Always remember that to want something that is good and right is the
blessing. God gave us that ability to desire or we would never have
thought of using it. But God also gave us the ability to cry, to feel
pain, and the freedom to choose whether we go on or quit.
In our lives we face many decisions. Some are hard to make because we
know we must turn our backs upon something that seems harmless at the
moment simply because we know it would not be good in the long run.
But there are also decisions that are more challenge than decision. They
are the good things that are placed before us, and our will to follow
through is tested. When defeat seems sure, then is the time to begin to
fight. When others are quitting, then is the time to throw more strength
into the battle. Anything worth having is worth working for, and is of
Very often these sieges must be made silently and without seeming
effort. And yet we know we cannot get something for nothing. We have a
service to perform. We can make it a drudge, or we can make it a
delightful experience, according to our faith. Be persistent. Unless you
do not particularly want your dreams to come true, you can't afford to
know the meaning of apathy. You must continually be on the scene with
the muscles of your mind toned.
It isn't difficult to have a dream. But it often ceases at that point.
The willingness to follow through, the determination to look
impossibilities in the eye and trudge on must be practiced before that
dream can amount to anything.
All along life's road there are those who would discourage you, every
often in ignorance, not realizing the effect of their words upon you. It
is then that you must muster the strength to believe that theirs is only
an opinion while your plans are based on the principle that all good
things come to those who hustle while they wait.
It is too bad that they cannot see your invisible companions,
persistence, faith, and a worthwhile plan. Smile and walk on.
There is a Divine Being with whom we can place all our obstacles, all
our doubts and fears - and then our work begins. We give lovingly of
friendship, of any kind of help that we are capable of giving, of
positive words and thoughts and understanding.
Give without thought of return. For while we are giving with loving
selflessness, life shapes for us our heart's desire.
July 23 - Daily Feast
Much is lost through misunderstanding - and often because we want
someone to know we are angry. We choose to think they intentionally
displease us, though we know nothing of their circumstance of what their
thoughts really were. It must be an ego-building thing to believe that
someone is trying to offend us. Somehow it gives an importance where
there had been none. We have the uncanny knack of building a sad story
with such realism that it makes us think we are more important than we
are. It is not enjoyable to be the kind of person who wants to
misunderstand - not only other people, but also life itself. It is
painful to be unhappy and disagreeable, but some cannot resist the
~ It has come to me through the bushes that you are not united
(agreeable); come to me when you are united. ~
'A Cherokee Feast of Days', by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
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Elder's Meditation of the Day July 23
"...the greatest strength is in gentleness."
--Leon Shenandoah, ONONDAGA
Our Elders have taught us many lessons about becoming a Warrior and how
to think and act like one. We have been told about the power of
gentleness. We have been told about the power of the stillness. Physical
power is about effort. Mental power is the opposite. It's about being
effortless or less any effort. Gentleness is one of the greatest
attributes of the Warrior and one of the greatest mental powers. It
takes a lot of love to be gentle. Gentleness is not an ego word.
Gentleness is the weapon of the Great Spirit.
today I will be gentle
and with others.
I will listen
to the whisper
of my heart
and learn the power
of being gentle.
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