- THINK on THESE THINGS
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Bad feelings are burdens. When we get to the point of believing the
whole world is sour because we don't understand it, we have a lot of
self-searching to do. Maybe we helped it to lose its sweetness. Maybe
we're the bad apple that soured the whole lot.
Our first thought should be to make ammends. Sometimes we can't, and
when such is the case we need to get out of the way and let time and
nature take its course.
Life is too beautiful to go on being a bitter pill that insists that
everyone swallow it. As in the words of Caleb C. Colton, an English
clergyman around the turn of the century, "The man who has so little
knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but
his own disposition, will waste his life in fruitless efforts, and
multiply the grief which he proposes to remove."
We need to unburden ourselves by forgetting our problems and doing
something that will put a smile on someone else's face.
The quickest way to solve the problem of hurt feelings is to inquire if
this situation is important to the whole of existence. Does this
particular thing mean more than any of the other things of life? It is
amazing how quickly trials fade into nothingness when faced with this
question. It places before us the need to decide here and now the
meaning of our whole existence.
There are not many things in our lives that we can truthfully say mean
everything to us. The small things are important and very dear, but the
really significant things we count on one hand - life, our loved ones,
our good desires, our faith, and our nation.
One of the most magnified situations in this day is taking life too
seriously. In the stress of too much mental confusion we seem unable to
laugh off so many little irritations. We let personality rule us into
making each little problem the source of great anxiety and dramatically
lay hold of it until it chokes us.
The worthwhile side of this life is too important to let ourselves
become involved with things that mean little to us. Too much of the
trouble in the world is caused from ego-building importance that would
never be missed in anyone's existence.
April 21 - Daily Feast
Evening hours in the country bring nature's songs. Coyotes, (probably
three or four, but sounding like a whole chorus) stir up the
neighborhood dogs. The woods serve as a concert hall for amorous owls
that call to one another in a variety of tones and squalls. And in the
lull that always comes, the plaintive whippoorwill makes its plea. Its
flight resembles staggering, but its song is the song of love. To the
Indian, these sounds are all but symphonic and will be heard again in
~ Grandfather, Great Spirit, once more behold me on earth and learn to
hear my feeble voice. ~
BLACK ELK - SIOUX
"A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II" by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Elder's Meditation of the Day - April 21
"Conciliation is the key to survival. Peace is the goal."
--Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders
When we make decisions or experience conflict we need to look at the
greater whole. The end result we want to accomplish is peace of mind. If
we keep this goal in mind, we will, overall, live a happy and fulfilling
life. Everything in the world is constantly changing so we should not
resist this change. A good question to ask ourselves is, "would I rather
be right or happy?" If we would rather be happy, then it is easier to
let the little things go. If we would rather be right, we tend to look
for the WIN/LOSE.
today, give me
the tools to
seek peace of