- THINK on THESE THINGS
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
A new galaxy of shining promises made to oneself are resolutions made
with the utmost faith that self is listening and will carry out the
But self is an unpredictable as a child playing in the street: it may
dart in any direction, according to the mood and to whatever catches its
attention. At the first sign of a challenge, self may race back and lean
hard upon the old ways of doing things, no matter how wrong it may be.
Resolutions do very little to change a way of living. They are easily
made and easily forgotten. There may be a sincere desire to keep a
resolution, but of self has not changed inwardly, little can depend on
the outward change.
It is said that we promise according to our hopes and perform according
to our selfishness. Failure to keep our promises to others is a
disappointment, but failure within oneself is disaster.
A little performance is worth a host of promises on any day that starts
a new year.
March 4 - Daily Feast
An amusing story is told about Tecumseh to show how kindly tolerant he
was. one evening on entering the home of a white man with whom he was
friends, he saw a gigantic stranger there who was badly frightened at
the sight of Tecumseh. The man for all his size took cover behind others
in the room. Tecumseh stood a moment sternly watching the great fellow,
and then he went up and patted the cowering giant and said good
naturedly, "Big Baby; big baby!"
~ The Great spirit told me to tell the Indians that he had made them,
and made the world - and he had placed them on it to good and not evil.
TENSKWATAWA - 1808
"A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II" by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Elder's Meditation of the Day - March 4
"My father told me.that Hopi earth does contain my roots and I am,
indeed, from that land. Because my roots are there, I will find them."
--Wendy Rose, HOPI/MIWOK
Everything that comes from the earth will return to the earth. We should
be able to realize the connectedness to the earth. We should be able to
feel toward Her just like She is our real Mother. We can easily feel
this connectedness if we can answer these three questions: why am I?,
who am I?, and where am I going? If we cannot answer these questions,
then perhaps we need to talk to the Elders. go to the Elders and ask,
"Grandfather, why am I?; Grandmother, who am I?; Oh Great One, where am
I supposed to go?" The Elders will help us with these three questions.
help me to stay
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'THINK on THESE THINGS'
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
What is it that keeps us from doing the creative things we want to do?
Fear of venturing and losing, fear of the unknown? And yet, every day of
our lives we venture and seldom acknowledge the fact that we didn't
lose. We too often accomplish something because circumstances forced a
courage we could not muster from mere desire.
Frequently we must simply have the audacity to lay aside the taboos we
have built for ourselves, for fear of appearing foolish, and follow a
When Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, "Give me a young man with brains
enough to make a fool of himself," he didn't mean intentionally acting
foolishly. He meant that a fearlessness of appearing foolish can enable
us to step outside the realms of what others would call the limits.
The simplest ventures often bring joy to many, particularly to those who
in the beginning dared to stand on their own chances of winning or
July 13 - Daily Feast
Summer heat has brought a lull to the meadows. Tiny titmice and bright
yellow warblers stay close to watering places, and only the locust sings
on in its raspy tones. It sings to remind us that it is summer and time
to slow our pace. Hay meadows are dotted with bales, and wheat and beans
are ready for harvest. Evening is alive with the songs of meadowlarks
and killdeer, and the mockingbird is the comic that sings in all the
other bird's voices. It would be impossible to live among the things of
nature and not pace oneself to them. It is the nature of the Cherokee to
go to a flowing stream with any problem he may have. And he comes away
with the best harvest of all, a quiet eye and the peaceful harmony of
~ I have a good heart, and I want no mistake made this time, to live
with a good heart and talk truth. ~
'A Cherokee Feast of Days', by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
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Elder's Meditation of the Day July 13
"Grandfather, Great Spirit, once more behold me on earth and lean to
hear my feeble voice. You lived first, and You are older than all need,
older than all prayer...You are the life of all things."
--Black Elk, OGLALA SIOUX
Great Spirit - Sometimes I don't feel like praying. Sometimes when I
have done something wrong, I'm ashamed to come to You. Even though You
have always been there for me, I sometimes choose to stay away. It's
hard for me to understand what all knowing is. Sometimes it's hard for
me to see how much You really care. But I know if I take a few minutes
and think about what I know to be true about You, the things change and
I am able to realize Your power and Your love. Today, I'll start by
thinking of You. I'll think about all the times You have helped and
guided me in the past. You are life, You are love, You are power, You
are desire, You are truth, Your are principle, You are intelligence, You
are courage. With You I am everything; without You I am nothing.
for allowing me
to start my day
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