- THINK on THESE THINGS
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Everyone is a collector of something. And everyone's collection looks
peculiar to someone else. And yet, who knows why an item may have a
certain appeal to one particular person. The shape, the color, the whole
idea may have a hidden background, but it is most definitely there!
It may be old books, or magazines. Perhaps it is pill bottles, fishing
hooks, or something "I may need someday when...." Who knows the reason
old calendars continue to hang, and scraps of this and that may someday
be just what I need.
But more dear than any of these are the happy thoughts we collect to use
along the way. We can use them to cheer someone, to pass along a word of
courage, a simple prayer, a smile. And when someone has time to share
with us an experience that we may profit by the pain the felt - yes,
life's fabric, woven by someone's cares and offered to us in the hopes
that it will help.
Whatever it is that we collect, we must never forget the dearest
collections are the kindnesses, the thoughtful acts, the smiling faces
that can be ours by giving the same.
What could be so priceless as true friendship? Friends for which time
and space do not exist! It is written, "What a great blessing is a
friend with breast so trusty that thou mayest safely bury all they
secrets in it, whose conscience thou mayest fear less than thy own; who
can relieve thy cares by his conversation, thy doubts by his counsels,
thy sadness by his good humor, and whose very looks give thee comfort."
All of us have had many friends, but the special ones remain forever in
our memories. The dearest are those who believe in us and are willing to
trust us with their friendship.
We cannot force friendship. It is something mutually felt, mutually
understood, and silently accepted. It is our opportunity to demonstrate
our very best selves - to ask no questions and to pass no criticisms.
"Before us is a future all unknown, a path untrod; Before us a
friend well loved and known -
May 9 - Daily Feast
Daydreaming is the part of childhood we should never let go. Children
have great dreams, and the strange part of it is they often turn out to
be blueprints for the future. The imaginary playmates spur them to be
more creative and to have more potential. There is no reason we can't
reactivate some of our dreams. Something about growing up tells us those
dreams were not practical. Maybe they are now. What is to keep us from
going back to that happy dream? If we say we cannot, we are being far
~ Great Spirit.....made the world to change.....so birds and animals can
move and always have green grass and ripe berries. ~
CHIEF FLYING HAWK - SIOUX
"A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II" by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Elder's Meditation of the Day - May 9
"Without a sacred center, no one knows right from wrong."
---- Thomas Yellowtail, CROW
In the center of the circle is where the powers reside. These powers are
called love, principle, justice, spirtual knowledge, life, forgiveness
and truth. All these powers reside in the very center of the human
being. We access these powers by being still, quieting the mind. If we
get confused, emotionally upset, feel resentment, anger, or fear, the
best thing we can do is pray to the Great Spirit and ask Him to remove
the anger and resentment. By asking Him to remove these obstacles, we
are automatically positioned in the sacred center. Only in this way do
we know right from wrong.
allow me this
day to live in