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'THINK on THESE THINGS'
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
To have the desire to quit in the face of despair is not a new story. As
long as time, people have wanted to give up when something hinders their
progress. But such adversity is sometimes the right time for people to
become acquainted with themselves.
It has been written that a smooth sea does not make a skillful mariner.
The storms of human life, like those of the seas, awaken us to
sharpening our abilities and strengthening us to overcome these present
storms to the point where we seldom have to face them again. Most of
living is a lesson, and the sooner we learn to study and develop the
sooner we are rid of the teacher.
But in the words of Jeremy Taylor, "It is impossible for that man to
despair who remembers that his Helper is omnipotent." And it is
impossible for people not to progress if they acknowledge their Helper
in the most minute details of their lives.
Prepared for the worst? Forget it! Only worry prepares for the worst. If
problems come to you, meet them with courage when they arrive. And worry
has never produced courage. Faith produces courage, and keeps us from
crossing all those unnecessary bridges. In fact, we cross bridges that
have never been in existence, and have no strength except that which we
give them by constant preparation for something that isn't good.
Promise yourself to cross no bridges this day except those you find
immediately before you. And nine times out of ten they will lead only to
February 9 - Daily Feast
To some, power is domination, ruling anything defenseless. But that
isn't power, it is abuse, and abuse is cowardly. Abuse takes advantage
where it can, always pretending to be the victim, but looking for the
opportunity to overpower. Forget the idea that power is from the world.
Whole worlds have been changed in minutes. Power that was bold and
bragging can suddenly be a whimper. Empires have crashed and those that
caused so much misery have deflated like balloons. Real power is not
nigvnhdiha, which is understood by the Cherokee to be put on. It is from
an inner source, characteristically calm, like a great river that flows
smoothly but drives huge cities with energy. A single drop of water
seems powerless and takes the way of least resistance, but joined to all
the others, it has force. One person may seem inadequate to change
anything, but united with others, can change anything.
~ The red man must leave the land of his youth and find a new home in
the far west. ~
'A Cherokee Feast of Days', by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
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Elder's Meditation of the Day - February 9
"It can be 100 degrees in the shade one afternoon and suddenly there
comes a storm with hailstones as big as golf balls, the prairie is all
white and your teeth chatter. That's good-a reminder that you are just a
small particle of nature, not so powerful as you think."
--Lame Deer, LAKOTA
No event, no relationship, no joy, no sadness, no situation ever stays
the same. Every setback is only temporary. Even setbacks change. Why?
Because the Great Spirit designed the world to be constantly changing.
We are not the center of the universe, we are but a small part. The
whole is constantly changing, and we as humans are constantly
participating in the change. We have two choices, to resist change or
participate in the change. Every change can be resisted, and every
change can be made in cooperation. What will I choose today, resistance
teach me to