‘THINK on THESE THINGS’ for July 5

By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

There are very few days when we have control of our time. No matter what our schedules may be, there is always a change taking place that keeps something from happening when it is supposed to happen. And when the day is ended and our schedules have not been met, then it begins to drag on our spirits.

Soon we become so wound up in the problems of the moment that the delights of our souls drift away and become a part of the mist of “someday.” Someday I will get to do what I want to do. Someday when this necessary work is finished – and it is possible that the things we believe to be so necessary are really robbers of our lives? Do we spend too much time with the menial tasks and allow our creativity – the ability to bring newness into our lives – to dry up and become nonexistent?

William Blake called this within us “God.” One of the greatest poets ever to live, he believed that if we keep alive our ability to see and feel the beauty of life, our menial tasks will become easy and the way successful.

Yesterday is only a dream, tomorrow only a vision, but today – we live. If we live as we should, our yesterdays will be dreams of happiness, and our tomorrow’s will be visions of hope.

Nothing is so sad as the man who spends all his time today judging tomorrow by his experiences of yesterday. He has a vision, but his faith does not support him to pursue it. If some great stroke of good fortune should overtake him, he will be all ready to go, but he doesn’t really expect it to happen. So today he sits waiting for the world to change for him, never guessing that he is the one who must change.

No one is so misled as the woman who has such a busy schedule that she hasn’t time to listen to her children. She expects to take the time to play with them – someday. But it is today that the bridges must be built from the soul to the body to the spirit. It isn’t something built from a quick kiss or a smart smack in the right place, but from daily communion and understanding.

Today is the very life of life when the best things are nearest – breath in our nostrils, light in our eyes, flowers at our feet, duties at our hand, and the path of God before us.


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Elder’s Meditation of the Day July 5

Elder’s Meditation of the Day July 5

“It does not require many words to speak the truth.”

–Chief Joseph, NEZ PERCE

The truth shall set you free. This is the truth. When we speak the Truth, we do not need to be defensive. Truth needs no defense. When we speak the Truth, we do not need to attack because Truth cannot be attacked. It is so easy to want to manipulate or to be deceitful or dishonest. My head tells me I can get away with doing these things, after all everybody does it.

My Creator, today let me know Truth.
Let me live Truth.
Let me risk the Truth.
Let me make the Truth sweet.
Help me to make my word good.
Let Your spirit and intent be added to by words.
Let My thoughts be Truth.

July 5 – Daily Feast

July 5 – Daily Feast

Remembering can be painful and sometimes without any real benefit. It keeps us feeling guilty and regretting so much that the good memories are washed out. It is easy enough to forget the good that happened, without covering the good with bad memories. No doubt, everything has not been ideal – but haven’t we given enough thought to the unhappy times? It doesn’t do any good to ruin the present time recalling what went wrong in the past. But we can begin to change. Maybe only a little at first – but honest effort has always changed things for the better and given us self-respect as well. Time grows more and more precious and what we do with it at this moment makes or breaks today and all our tomorrow’s.

~ We are not afraid to work and we are not afraid to do right. ~


‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Daily Motivator for July 5th ~ Changes for the better

Changes for the better

If you want the world to be a better place, then work to make it a better  place. If you see something as a problem, then take responsibility for  implementing a workable solution.

It’s a waste of time to prove how bad things are. Instead, put your thoughts,  your passion, your energy and efforts into making things better.

When you find some aspect of life to be frustrating, or unjust, or abusive,  don’t complain or assign blame. Come up with a positive alternative.

Life changes in every moment. So use this moment to make some changes for the  better.

The future does not have to equal the past. You can choose your future by  what you do with what you have right now.

Just because you’re in a difficult situation, doesn’t mean you’re stuck  there. Make some changes for the better, and move your life in the direction you  choose.

— Ralph Marston

Daily Motivator 

Daily OM for July 5th ~ Remember the Light Side

Remember the Light Side

In Praise of Fun

by Madisyn Taylor


During our journey we can become very serious, it is important to remember to have fun along the way.


Often when we talk about fun, or doing things just for fun, we talk about it in a dismissive way as if fun isn’t important. We tend to value hard work and seriousness, and we forget to pay our respects to the equally important, light side of silliness and laughter. This is ironic because we all know the feeling of euphoria that follows a good burst of laughter, and how it leaves us less stressed, more openhearted, and more ready to reach out to people. We are far more likely to walk down the street smiling and open after we’ve had a good laugh, and this tends to catch on, inspiring smiles from the people we pass who then positively influence everyone they encounter. Witnessing this kind of chain reaction makes you think that having fun might be one of our most powerful tools for changing the world.

Laughter is good medicine, and we all have this medicine available to us whenever we recall a funny story or act in a silly way. We magnify the effects of this medicine when we share it with the people in our lives. If we are lucky, they will have something funny to share with us as well, and the life-loving sound of laughter will continue to roll out of our mouths and into the world.

Of course, it is also important to allow ourselves to be serious and to honor that side of ourselves so that we stay balanced. After a great deal of merriment, it can actually be a pleasure to settle down and focus on work, or take some time for introspection until our next round of fun begins.



Thou art the King who reigns within,
The jester and the Friar,
The maiden child, innocent and bold,
The mother, crone and liar.


Thou art the meaning of success,
The flash that doeth inspire,
The holy beam of golden light,
The flickering of the fire.
Thou are the glory of the day,
The beautiful song of birds,
The light that glowest in the dark,
The poet, and the words.
And every single day I see,
In every star that shines,
With fear and wonder, joy and love,
That thee and me combines.
For in the end we are one,
The Lady and the Lord,
The spirit and the great God,
The truth I’m moving toward.
So in the day that lies ahead,
To every man and tree,
To members of the fairy lands
Bright blessing be to we.

CFL vs. LED: What’s the Best Lightbulb Type?

By Carl Seville (a green  building consultant who works with Atlanta electricians) for Networx

Unless there is some big action by conservatives to repeal Bush   administration legislation that requires more efficient lighting, many  old  incandescent bulbs (or lamps) will become unavailable over the next  few years.  This will leave most of us having to look for alternative  products to light our  homes, the most common being Compact Fluorescent  Lamps, a.k.a. CFLs, and Light  Emitting Diodes, a.k.a. LEDs.  Somebody  seriously dislikes something about  both of these newer lamps, often  resorting to stocking up a lifetime supply of  incandescent lamps to  avoid using CFLs and LEDs. But those are some  short-sighted people who  are prejudiced against new technology because of bad  experiences, rumor,  fear, or a combination of all three.

CFLs had a reasonably  deserved poor reputation early in their development.  They flickered,  the color of the light wasn’t good, they took a while to get to  full  power, and they couldn’t dim. On top of that, there is a tiny amount of   mercury in them, so there are some safety issues when they break,  but trust  me, you don’t need a HazMat team to clean up the mess. Things in the CFL world  have changed. High quality, reasonably priced  lamps are available that have  excellent light color and quality, don’t  flicker, don’t need time to warm up,  and are dimmable in standard  fixtures. And as a benefit, they don’t put out 90  percent of their energy as  heat like incandescent lamps, which leads my friend,  Architect Michael  Klement to describe them as heaters with light as a by product.  This means that  you don’t pay so much  extra to air condition your house in the summer when the  lights are on. Look for ENERGY STAR rated CFLs, and check for the new FTC  lighting  facts label that tells you the efficiency and color of the lamp.   If  you’re looking for something that resembles incandescent lamps, buy CFLs   with a color temperature of about 2700 degrees Kelvin.  Don’t worry  about  what it means, just know that it is a nice, warm, familiar colored  light.   Oh, and the light will use about 75 percent less energy and last about  10 times  longer than the old style lamp.

So, just when some of  us were becoming a little more comfortable with CFLs,  we now have to  thing about buying LEDs instead. LEDs are electronic, solid  state  lighting, and we’ve been looking at it for years in our clock radios,   microwaves, and other equipment.  The technology has advanced far enough   to provide interior lighting, although it is still evolving and not all  lamps  are quite ready for prime time.  People like the fact that LEDs  don’t have  any mercury in them, so there is no fear of difficult cleanup  (and they  generally don’t break like a regular bulb anyway).  They last  a really  long time, an estimated 30,000 50,000  hours, compared to  about 10,000 for CFLs and about 1,000 for  incandescents. They are, however more  expensive, although prices are  coming down. LED efficiency is similar to CFLs,  and getting better all  the time. In terms of light quality, LEDs are getting  pretty close to  CFLs and incandescents but it may take some effort to find  something you  like the look of.

So what’s a poor consumer to do?  First,  accept the fact that  incandescents are an obsolete, inefficient  technology and you won’t be able to  buy them forever. The choice  between CFLs and LEDs, for now at least, is partly  financial and partly  aesthetic. LEDs are more expensive, but they last longer,  so if you can  afford to spend the extra money, you’ll end up even or better in  the  long run over CFLs. As for the aesthetics, check out several different   ENERGY STAR labeled lamps and figure out what kind of light you like,  then  stock up on them.

You can also look for the Lighting Facts  label, a sort of nutrition label  for lamps that includes the energy  used in watts, brightness in lumens,  estimated yearly energy costs, lamp  life, and the light appearance.  This  helps you compare different lamps  just like your breakfast cereal.  So go  forth and shop for your new  bulbs. With a little effort and research you can  find some that you  like that will save energy and money for many years.

How to Welcome Opportunities

How to Welcome Opportunities


By Erica Sofrina, Author of Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western  World.

The ancient Chinese practice of Feng Shui puts a great deal of emphasis on  the entryway to the home. It is considered the “mouth of chi” where all of our  opportunities come to us. This may seem like a bit of a stretch to westerners,  however, in recently reviewing my old Interior Design textbook from years ago, I  saw that it presented some of the exact same concepts as this 3,000-year-old  practice.

It stated that choosing the right entryway was the most important part of the  design of the building and should be chosen after a great deal of study and  care. A poorly designed entryway would hamper the success of the business and/or  negatively affect the occupants of the home, which is also a primary Feng Shui  teaching.

It went on to say the entry should be strongly differentiated from the  immediate surroundings making it easily identifiable from the street, and should  make a graceful transition between the street and the inside. If it was not easy  to see and people had a hard time finding it, they would arrive grumpy and out  of sorts, which would negatively impact the occupants.

It talked about how people need 15 feet to adjust from the outer to the inner  domains. How the experience of arriving at a front door after enjoying a  fragrant and attractive garden was considerably more enjoyable and helped make  the transition. If the transition was too abrupt, there would be no feeling of  arrival and the inside of the home would fail to be an inner sanctum.

I understood that this 3,000-year-old collection of “folk wisdom” and  observations about how to arrange our living spaces in the most optimum way was  just as applicable today and still being used in design curricula; it just  wasn’t called Feng Shui.

Along with these core design concepts, Feng Shui goes on to teach that our outer environment always  reflects our inner environment. If our homes are out of balance it is an  indication that our lives are as well. By making our entryways more  “entrancing,” we call in positive energy that translates to new and welcoming  opportunities in our lives.

Feng Shui teaches us to observe the first thing we see when looking at the  home. These are called “greeters” and are felt to either attract or repel the  good energy or “chi.”

Negative “greeters” might be dead lawns, plants limping along, old shoes,  toys, car parts, junk or clutter of any kind. Sticker bushes and pointy plants are  not only dangerous but send “go-away” messages along with unfriendly signs such  as “beware of dog,” “no soliciting,” burglar alarms, or “no trespassing.” The  burglars may get the message but unfortunately so will the chi!

Peeling paint, rusty door-knockers, cobwebs, broken lights, squeaky or broken  doors and locks all broadcast a message about the state of the lives of the  occupants and will be attracting a like energy. Replace these with  positive “greeters” such as water fountains, gazing balls, garden art, and  fragrant plant-lined pathways. Add colorful pots of flowers on either side of  the door and a fresh new doormat.

A  newly painted door is another great way to freshen up your entry and call in  positive energy. If the door is not visible from the street, bring in  eye-catching objects such as lighting, wind-socks, flags, banners, wind chimes.  Make sure the address is easy to find and in a prominent place.

If you do not resonate with the more traditional Chinese “cures,” there are  books that present a more Western perspective of Feng Shui you might relate to more  easily. The point is to take the essence of these wonderful, simple and  practical teachings and apply the parts that make sense to you. Using objects  that you love from your own culture and upbringing will have a much more  powerful impact than superimposing objects from another culture.

I encourage you to use these tried and true Feng Shui suggestions in creating  a beautiful transition to your home. It will not only “entrance”  the chi  but set the stage for a wonderful arrival!