- THINK on THESE THINGS
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Are you one of those people who degrades yourself in idle conversation
until it becomes a fact within your mind? Has it become your belief that
this is true humility, talking down your abilities, hiding your light,
refusing to accept your rights as a child of God as being meek and
This thing called life is given to us for a purpose, never to downgrade;
no more than we should blow it out of proportion by thinking too highly
Each life is important, each breath for a purpose, each moment a time
for learning. Walt Whitman has written in "Leaves of Grass": "Whoever
you are! motion and reflection are especially for you; the divine ship
sails the divine sea for you. Whoever you are! you are he or she for
whom the earth is solid and liquid, you are he or she for whom the sun
and moon hang in the sky, for none more than you are the present and the
past. For none more than you is immortality."
By our words we reveal our minds. It is so easy to refuse to be a
channel through which the best can reveal itself. And it is so easy to
forget that our song of life, as Whitman has written, "The song is to
the singer, and comes back most to him. I swear the earth shall surely
be complete to him or her who shall be complete!"
Human beings worry a great deal about what others think. It is a nagging
worry that somehow the curtain that protects our privacy from the eyes
of the world will suddenly drop and allow us to see all the things our
pride has hidden.
Why is it that we seemingly need to be clever in order to handle the
world? Why can't we just live honestly and openly, without scheming and
trying to appear that we are something we are not? The world is so heavy
laden with priggish pride that the clean simple truth is lost in playing
it cool. Why can't we quit being something pent up inside and be
something like sunshine or showers right out here where we can enjoy it
or get over it?
Socrates said that the shortest and surest way to live with honor in the
world is to be in reality what we would appear to be. And we may just as
well, because if there isn't a good cake under all that frosting,
someone is going to know it anyway. To drop all pretense and say with
genuine honesty, "This is the way I am" would be to find a whole new way
of enjoying the simplicity of being ourselves.
April 5 - Daily Feast
Think for yourself. Stop living by tradition that promises you the moon
and gives you a rock to carry. Think things through - if one way looks
easier than another, take the bolder way. Don't think what it is going
to get you but what it is going to build in you. Some things feed the
body and some the spirit. Go with the spirit - it already knows what you
need to know.
~ Let us form one body, one heart, and defend to the last warrior our
country, our homes, our liberty, and the graves of our fathers. ~
TECUMSEH - SHAWNEE, 1808
"A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II" by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Elder's Meditation of the Day - April 5
"As we plunge ahead to build empires and race for supremacy we should
stop and listen to [the female] song of life. For without the female
there is no life."
--Oren R. Lyons, Spokesman, Traditional Circle of Elders
Women are created with the ability to produce life. Women have a special
tie to the Earth Mother. They have something in common. They are the
source of life. The Earth Mother gives songs to the Woman to sing. These
songs are about life, about beauty, about children, about love, about
family, about strength, about caring, about nurturing, about
forgiveness, about God. The World needs to pay attention and listen to
Her. She knows.
let me listen to
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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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