- THINK on THESE THINGS
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
The truly humble are those who have no thought of using other people to
their own avail. They are aware that any success they may attain comes
not entirely from their own intelligence and abilities, but because
somewhere along the way they have acknowledged how inadequate they are
The day of the self-sufficient person has never truly been. Without
other people, without a sense of humility, success is lost to the
English critic, John Ruskin once said that the first test of a truly
great person is humility.
There is greatness and sincerity when we can say to ourselves that we
are only human and except for the grace of God we would even lack those
qualities. We realize that the world owes us nothing, and no person owes
us anything but love. It is not simply our job to serve ourselves, but
it is our duty to serve others.
Humility is one of the finest qualities found in human nature. Without
it we are nothing but a brach machine, with it we are warm and kind and
If we want to be friends to others, we must meet them on their level.
This isn't to say we have to be the type they are, but understand them
and realize that it is a good thing that we are not all alike. This is
the beauty of humanity, the variations that keep the human race from
And there is nothing sweeter to the human ear than to hear someone talk
its language. Great persons have realized this and have made themselves
adaptable to the little and to the big, to the learned and to the
unschooled, in order to be more widely understood.
Who knew better than the Wise Master the importance of meeting others on
their own level? The Master looked into the lives of every type of
person and saw many changes that needed to be made, but also saw much to
love and to waken. And in this gentleness and compassion the Wise Master
could meet us all and speak our languages, then to be understood and
We live in such narrow existences when we cannot communicate with anyone
except those on our own level of thought and action. And if we only have
one level on which to operate, there's danger of it becoming a shelf for
May 3 - Daily Feast
Respectful children learn from respectful adults. Calling rudeness only
exuberant youth is setting the stage for worse things. Respectful
business once said the customer was always right. He was not always
right; he could be exceedingly ignorant. But the practice of respect set
the tone for business, just as respect can set the tone now. Men were
gentlemen and women were ladies; a trait sorely needed now to head off
the breakdown of self-respect and to restore kindness.
~ Love grows from roots of respect. ~
ANONYMOUS - CHEROKEE
"A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II" by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Elder's Meditation of the Day - May 3
"But I have learned a lot from trees: sometimes about the weather,
sometimes about animals, sometimes about the Great Spirit."
--Walking Buffalo, STONEY
Nature is the greatest teacher on the Earth. Nature produces many
different plants, animals, trees, rocks, birds, insects and weather
patterns. Nature designed all these various things to grow and multiply
while at the same time live in harmony with each other. We can learn a
lot of we observe and study Nature's system of harmony and balance.
Today, go sit on a rock and quietly observe and ask to be shown the
Nature is my
Today, let me
be the student.
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'THINK on THESE THINGS'
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
In the frantic search for something that has meaning to life, we have a
tendency to do a thing simply because everyone else is doing it. It
becomes a "thing," a fad that must be done to keep on the inside circle.
There's little originality, little thought, but a lot of following along
in beaten paths.
It is a mistaken idea to believe that all I see with my eyes and the
limits of my thinking are the limits of the world. There is a tremendous
interesting world out there never before investigated, and I am an
individual like no one else.
It is quite marvelous to break through the shell of the middling and to
discover the ability to see and feel, and to hear more keenly. Suddenly,
I can feel more kindly, not because of who I am on this earth, but
because I'm a child of God.
I can see more color, more light, more vision because I'm not being
shown, I'm discovering. My world is no longer based on passing fancies,
but on lasting built slowly within me, with love.
July 3 - Daily Feast
We are always rich when we have courage. It is not the circumstance in
which we find ourselves but how we handle it that makes the difference.
If nothing ever challenged us we might not know our strength - we might
never feel the power to overcome something that gives us courage to
tackle another o ta li, mountain. Giving up does not come on us
suddenly, but we cultivate it on a daily basis. Everything, success or
failure - or even mediocrity - settles on us as we get ready for it.
When we think and talk failure, it happens. When we think we can do
something, we can do it. It takes as much effort to lose as it does to
win - sometimes more. But to think courage, to think strength, is the
breath of life.
~ Why don't you talk and go straight and all will be well? ~
'A Cherokee Feast of Days', by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
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Elder's Meditation of the Day July 3
"When you are in the woods, you cannot ever be lost. You are surrounded
by friends and surrounded by God."
--Joe Coyhis, STOCKBRIDGE-MUNSEE
Every plant, every animal, every insect, every bird, every tree is made
up of God. God is life and everything is alive. When you are hunting,
remember all nature is your friend. All nature has purpose. All nature
participates in the life cycle. Nature communicates; Nature talks;
Nature listens; Nature forgives; Nature respects; Nature loves. Nature
lives in harmony. Nature follows the law. Nature is kind. Nature is
balance. The woods are alive and beautiful. She is our friend.
let me honor
and all the life
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