- THINK on THESE THINGS
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Until you've walked in the rain you cannot truly appreciate the
protection of shelter.
Unless you've felt the heat from a sweltering sun you cannot fully enjoy
the coolness of shade.
Only after the clatter and bang of crowded places can you find quietness
and solitude so soothing to the nerves.
Before you can stop worrying and start living, there must be an
elimination of fear which is the cause of all worry.
Sometimes, unfortunately, we must collide with the bad before we can
totally appreciate the good.
It is said that we too often must be reminded of our obligations before
we take charge of them.
Frequently it semes we must have our freedom threatened before we muster
enough patriotism to defend it.
Too many shoulders are bowed by our thoughtlessness before we finally
learn the key to real success is kindness.
We never know how truly wonderful it is to be loved until we are loved
when we've failed to deserve it.
M.R. Smith's words, "God's plans, like lilies pure and white untold - We
must not tear the close shut leaves apart - Time will reveal the calyxes
of gold, " reveal, after all, that patience does its perfect work.
April 15 - Daily Feast
Neither people not animals take time to analyze right and wrong when
they are cornered. They react in the only way they know how - most
backing away when they have the chance. On the other hand, some are not
wise enough to see the chance to rethink the situation. They run
roughshod and take what they want. Is there no tomorrow? Life balances
things in ways we cannot understand. Use your heart - see that like
attracts like - those who destroy will be destroyed.
~ Why should you take by force from us that which you can obtain by
KING WAHUNSONACOOK - POWHATAN
"A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II" by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Elder's Meditation of the Day - April 15
"When people live far from the scenes of the Great Spirit's making, it's
easy for them to forget his laws."
--Walking Buffalo, STONEY
Society today is way off track. Unfortunately, many Indian people are
caught up in these modern times. The Elders are telling us we must wake
up! We must come back to the culture because this is where His laws are.
If we don't follow these laws, we will be unhappy. We cannot do things
just because everybody is doing them. This does not make it right. We
must follow what the Great Spirit says we must do. We need to pray hard
for the courage to come back and live according to the culture. It will
be difficult at first but worth it in the end. We must teach our
children the culture.
today, let me
listen to the
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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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