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'THINK on THESE THINGS'
by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
In this day of emphasis on right connections with the right people, into
the right places, at the right time, we must have truly extraordinary
qualities to become successes on our own.
They who have worked hard and achieved success often carry a double
burden by wrongful accusations of being privileged characters. Perhaps
some to whom doors automatically open because of right connections seem
to be privileged characters, but they, like dictators, have a limited
Having connections may help us on the ladder of life, but it will never
keep those rungs steady beneath our feet. Only our own greatness keeps
us tall, sun-crowned. We must have something to give, something to offer
before we can expect to be truly privileged characters. And then, we
will have earned the right to our privileges. We are somewhat like God,
blamed for much we don't do and seldom given credit for the good we have
Whatever the future, the world still needs citizens like those J.G.
Holland wrote about nearly a century ago: "God give us men. The times
demand strong minds, great hearts, true faith, and willing hands....Tall
men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog, in public duty and in private
July 31 - Daily Feast
Rejoice when the going gets rough, when everything turns mean. It is
time to shout and clap our hands - if only in the privacy of our own
minds. To rejoice in difficulty doesn't seem reasonable, because the
natural way would be to give up and cry. But we rebound from trouble
faster when we turn off the tears and turn on the joy. It comes from the
inside and goes to the outside - and that is how the u hi so di, the
spell or gloom, is broken. If we have never done it before, we need to
learn how to think joy and act joyful, because the heart is listening -
and it is out of the heart that all issues are settled.
~ I beg you now to believe that, all miserable as we seem in your eye,
we consider ourselves nevertheless much happier than you. ~
GASPESIAN CHIEF, 1676
'A Cherokee Feast of Days', by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
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Elder's Meditation of the Day July 31
Look behind you. See your sons and your daughters. They are your future.
Look farther and see your sons' and your daughters' children and their
children's children even unto the Seventh Generation. That's the way we
were taught. Think about it: you yourself are a Seventh Generation."
--Leon Shenandoah, ONONDAGA
The Creator designed us with a free will. That means we function from
choices and consequences. It is important that we practice thinking
about consequences before we make decisions about choices. Every choice
I make is like setting up dominos one after the other that produce
consequences. Not just for me but also for my children and for the
children that are unborn. My choices and decision today will have
consequences for seven generations. For example, if I work on my own
spiritual development and I walk the Red Road, the odds are that my
children will. They will marry and their children will follow the Red
Road and so will my grandchildren even up to the seventh generation.
This will happen because of the choices and decisions that I make today.
grant that the choices
and decisions that I make today
Your laws and values.
May I live in peace today
that will ripple
into the seventh generation.
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