‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler
It is written that where there’s a will there’s away. If a desire is sincere and the results are for the good of everyone, the first giant steps have already been taken. American clergyman Joel Hawes has been quoted, “You may be whatever you resolve to be. Determine to be something in the world, and you will be something – ‘I cannot’ never accomplishes anything; ‘I will try’ has wrought wonders.”
A positive attitude can be one of the greatest joys to experience. To begin a day by willing everything good, and meeting any obstacle with the idea that it has no power, can make some of the most sudden and drastic changes in anyone’s life.
To be something or someone is one of the strongest desires, but it does mean sacrifices of doubt and apprehension and feeling sorry for oneself. It means standing straighter when it is more comfortable to crawl. It means laughing instead of lamenting. It means thinking positively and speaking good words.
It is said that a great deal of talent is lost in this world for the want of a little courage. We often think of courage as the kid that wins wars and braves new fronts. But there is another plain, ordinary kind of courage that helps us face our everyday problems.
There is a surprising lack of this kind of courage, and it leads us to seek ways to dodge our responsibilities. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to face everything and everyone and take a firm stand for what we believe. It takes courage to admit we have weaknesses and needs that we must overcome. It is a daily fight to follow the right road when the wrong one looks so smooth. And it takes courage to believe, when obstacles face us.
God has given courage to each of us, for strength to overcome is available to all who are courageous in asking for help to be courageous.
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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – March 15
“We were taught generosity to the poor and reverence for the Great Mystery. Religion was the basis of all Indian training.”
–Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa), SANTEE SIOUX
Every Indian knows and has a feeling inside that, bottom line, our real purpose on earth is to be of service to our fellow man and to be of maximum service to the Great Spirit. The Creator designed the earth to be self supporting — everything is interconnected and all things were created to be of service to each other. The Indian way is to pray about all things. Religion is not separate from any part of our lives. Everything is spiritual and we are to view all matters in this way. Family is spiritual, work is spiritual, helping others is spiritual, our bodies are spiritual, our talk is spiritual, our thoughts are spiritual. We need to practice seeing all things as spiritual.
Great Spirit, today let me help the needy and allow me the wisdom to have respect and reverence for Your teachings.
March 15 – Daily Feast
Why judge yourself by what someone else is saying? They only know what they think. Can we fit our lives into the narrow confines of theirs? We can search our own souls. And most likely, we will find that we have connections uniquely our own – deeper in many ways than those with whom we would like to be in accord. But there’s no way we can whip ourselves into being like someone else. We can only make ourselves better. Regardless of how we have been conditioned to think, we know right from wrong. It is innate and speaks loud enough that if we want to hear it, we will. The only thing that keeps us from hearing is the clamor of voices outside ourselves – and they have no other purpose but to destroy. Don’t dally with trouble. Refuse to be a part of anything you would not look at in the light.
~ Each man is good in His sight. It is not necessary for eagles to be crows. ~
‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
When times are tough, it’s tough to be positive. Yet that is your most powerful and effective choice.
When you’ve been knocked down, it’s tough to be sure of what to do next. Yet you can be sure that feeling sorry for yourself will make things even worse.
It’s hard to be strong when the challenges seem insurmountable. But the amazingly powerful fact is, you can be strong.
It is precisely because life can be so tough and painful that it can also be so beautiful and fulfilling. Those very challenges that seem so impossible to get through are what set the stage for a life that is magnificent beyond comprehension.
Life can be terribly unfair and difficult and demanding. And yet, against such a background, it is nearly impossible to imagine anything more beautiful and fulfilling than life itself.
Being strong in the face of difficulty is not a matter of training or ability. It is a choice you are free to make in every moment, and a choice that will bring immense value and goodness to your world.
— Ralph Marston
The Daily Motivator
Acknowledging Our Pain
Rescuing the Rescuer
Sometimes the motivation to help others may be an extension of a deep desire to heal a wounded part of ourself.
Some people seem called to help others, often from very early on in their childhoods, responding to the needs of family members, strangers, or animals with a selflessness that is impressive. Often, these people appear to have very few needs of their own, and the focus of their lives is on rescuing, helping, and healing others. While there are a few people who are truly able to sustain this completely giving lifestyle, the vast majority has needs that lie beneath the surface, unmet and often unseen. In these cases, their motivation to help others may be an extension of a deep desire to heal a wounded part of themselves that is starving for the kind of love and attention they dole out to those around them on a daily basis. For any number of reasons, they are unable to give themselves the love they need and so they give it to others. This does not mean that they are not meant to be helping others, but it does mean that they would do well to turn some of that helping energy within.
One problem with the rescuer model is that the individual can get stuck in the role, always living in crisis mode at the expense of inner peace and personal growth. Until the person resolves their own inner dramas, they play them out in their relationships with others, drawn to those who need them and often unable to acknowledge their own needs or get them met. In the worst-case scenario, they enable the other person’s dilemma by not knowing when to stop playing the rescuer and allow the person to figure it out on their own. However, if the rescuer finds the strength to turn within and face the needy aspects of their own psyche, he or she can become a model of empowerment and a true source of healing in the world.
Some signs that you or someone you love may need to rescue the rescuer within are inner burnout from overgiving; underlying resentment; an inability to admit to having needs of one’s own; and an unwillingness to be vulnerable. Help comes when we allow ourselves to admit we need it, acknowledging our humanity and our wholeness by acknowledging our pain. The understanding we gain in the process will naturally inform and inspire our ability to help those in need to do the same.
||Thirteen years old
||North Hollywood, California, USA
Iadopted Eliot (nickname Ellie) in 1998 and am so lucky to still have her after two bouts of Hepatic Lipidosis (liver disease). The first time was when she was six and I prayed and prayed she would not go just yet, even though the vet recommended putting her down, because she is the most loving, fun, feisty, attentive cat I could ever hope for. I have two other cats and Eliot always manages to take center stage when the other two come around. The second time she was hospitalized was right after she turned thirteen. I know I had been fortunate to have her double her life span but I still visited her twice daily at the hospital to let her know how much I love her. She recovered! I know now she came into my life as a healing force for me and I guess she knew that I could use a bit more and I thank her for that! Eliot is a female who’s named after a female writer, George Eliot, who had to use a male’s name in order to get published.
Eliot can be sleeping at one moment and suddenly get up and run through the house like someone’s chasing her. She leaps to the top of her pet condo with so much force that it shakes! Her pupils widen and after about three laps in the house, she settles. She loves a few games, especially the one where I cover her up (like with a light kitchen towel) and then quickly pull it off her. She loves to grab at it and whenever she feels satiated, she just lets the towel fall on her one last time and takes a nap covered up. Whenever a new toy comes into the house she has first shot at it, whether the other two like it or not! She’s the only cat out of three that calls me from another room to ask to get settled for a nap, either in one of the bedroom drawers, or under the bed covers. Or she’ll call from the bathroon for me to turn the faucet on for her so that she can drink from it. While I’m on the computer she wants to be held and wraps herself around my neck, making it difficult for me to move but I love when she does that! She’s the cleaner of the house. She cleans both the other two cats, whether they like it or not! She’s actually very high maintenance but I do love that she returns all my attention with so much by wanting to be wherever I am. Oh! I hear her now! She wants help getting under the bed covers, gotta go!
||Six years old
||American Eskimo Dog
||Valley Stream, New York, USA
I was mourning the loss of my dog (an American Eskimo – fourteen years old) for two weeks six year ago, when my friends bought me a three-month-old dog, Freya. She is so good with me and stays by my side all day. I am home every day because of my disability. She helps me to get through the days. I love her.
Freya is extremely affectionate. When I don’t feel well, she sense it and will curl up next to me and stroke me with her paw. She is so intuitive. I have problems with my legs and she will lay next to me and lick my legs. When she is happy to see someone she doesn’t bark she “croons” in such a way to say “I’m happy to see you!” Freya isn’t much of a trick girl. She is all about family. She loves to push her toys across the floor with her nose and then pops it in the air with her nose. She makes us smile every day!
Calendar of the Moon
Full Moon Night
Altar: Upon a white cloth set a plate of round white cakes, a single thick white candle, a white bowl of water, and a pitcher of fresh milk from a local animal.
Offerings: Milk. Sugar. Nurturing another.
Daily Meal: White foods, such as rice, coconut, almonds. All dairy products.
Full Moon Night Invocation
In the dark of night
You are the source of light.
Our ancestors gathered at this time,
Protected by the silvery glow
That drove the demons from the dark fields.
Selene, Moon Mother of the white breast,
Milk-giver, fountain of life,
You speak to us of sustenance,
Of bringing to fruition, to climax.
Yemaya, reflection of the full moon
On the surface of the ocean,
You speak to us of inner tides,
Of feelings swelling like waves.
Thoth, writer and calculator
Who took pity on a mother’s plight,
You count the days, the moments,
You speak of trust in the universe
Proven by the lunar cycle,
Something we can always count on,
Something we will always see.
What is done under Full Moon Night
Is seen by the gods both of Darkness and Light.
(Let each come forward and be given milk to drink, and a moon-cake to eat. Then let all process in a slow spiral dance, chanting.)
What is done under Full Moon Night
Is seen by the gods of both Darkness and Light.