‘THINK on THESE THINGS’ for August 18

By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

In this jet age when almost “instant there” is completely accepted, the world has become very small. The days of remaining in one’s own birthplace are near an end, and those who never dreamed of traveling have adjusted themselves to it quite well.

And with shorter distances between us and our neighbors it seems our worlds should find more opportunities for mutual understanding. But we must realize that even though our material worlds may be easily crossed, our thoughts are worlds apart. Until we can bring together a thinking people with the desire to create living conditions that are peaceful and full of kindness, fast travel can waver between good and bad.

A British novelist and poet, George Moore, said, “It is thought, and thought only, that divides right from wrong; it is thought, and thought only that elevates or degrades human deeds and desires.”


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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – August 17

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – August 17

“If a child hasn’t been given spiritual values within the family setting, they have no familiarity with the values that are necessary for the just and peaceful functioning in society.”

Eunice Baumann-Nelson, Ph.D., PENOBSCOT

When we are born, we start with a beautiful empty mind ready to be given our beliefs, attitudes, habits and expectations. Most of our true learning comes from watching the actions of others. As we watch our family or relatives, whatever their actions and values are, so will be the children’s values and acts. If we see our families living a just and peaceful way of life, so then will the children. If we see our family shouting, arguing and hateful, so will it be for the children. The cycle of life – baby, youth, adult and Elder is all connected. If the older ones have good values, it will be connected to the children.

Oh my Creator, if there are values I have missed, it is not too late. I can get them from You. Teach me today Your spiritual values. Respect, trust, giving, honesty, wisdom teach me these.

August 17 – Daily Feast

August 17 – Daily Feast

We never really lose anyone. If they were ever a part of our lives, they are always a part of our lives. The important thing is not to regret what has gone before but to take from it the lesson, the experience that was in it for us. Lie is a two-way street, not always sunshine and flowers but a few clouds, a few tears, go with it. It is a complex mixture of many things we are supposed to glean from it. We cannot park by what went wrong, nor can we linger forever by something we might have done right. It is a progressive, moving time filled with new experiences, memories both good and not so good, and many promising hours. It is possible to put our emotions aside and remember joy. But above all, the best is yet to be.

~ The Great Spirit placed me here…..to take good care of the ground and to do each other no harm. ~


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

Daily Motivator for August 18 – Put your mind at peace

Put your mind at peace

Put your mind at peace, and put yourself in a powerful state. Let go of the  worries and anxieties, and let in the most meaningful and positive  possibilities.

You already have enough challenges to deal with. Don’t let your own thoughts  drag you down.

Instead, quiet those thoughts and feel the beauty of your own being. Rather  than getting carried along by one distraction after another, experience the  unique power and potential of the moment.

At the center of who you are, there is peace, and it is real. Connect  yourself often with that peace, and let its positive power fill every corner of  your life.

Put your mind at peace, and free yourself to think and to act according to  your highest, most authentic values. See the best possibilities, and see how you  can lovingly bring them to life.

Live from a perspective of peace, and live at a higher, more heartfelt level.  Put your mind at peace, and be your most sincere and positive self.

— Ralph Marston

The Daily Motivator

Daily OM for August 18 – Taking the Risk

Taking the Risk

Permission to Be Real

byMadisyn Taylor

When we present ourselves to the world without a mask and keep it real, we offer the same opportunity for others to do the same.

Most of us are familiar with the idea of keeping it real and have an intuitive sense about what that means. People who keep it real don’t hide behind a mask to keep themselves safe from their fear of how they might be perceived. They don’t present a false self in order to appear more perfect, more powerful, or more independent. People who keep it real present themselves as they truly are, the good parts and the parts most of us would rather hide, sharing their full selves with the people who are lucky enough to know them.

Being real in this way is not an easy thing to do as we live in a culture that often shows us images of physical and material perfection. As a result, we all want to look younger, thinner, wealthier, and more successful. We are rewarded externally when we succeed at this masquerade, but people who are real remind us that, internally, we suffer. Whenever we feel that who we are is not enough and that we need to be bigger, better, or more exciting, we send a message to ourselves that we are not enough. Meanwhile, people who are not trying to be something more than they are walk into a room and bring a feeling of ease, humor, and warmth with them. They acknowledge their wrinkles and laugh at their personal eccentricities without putting themselves down.

People like this inspire us to let go of our own defenses and relax for a moment in the truth of who we really are. In their presence, we feel safe enough to take off our masks and experience the freedom of not hiding behind a barrier. Those of us who were lucky enough to have a parent who was able to keep it real may find it easier to be that way ourselves. The rest of us may have to work a little harder to let go of our pretenses and share the beauty and humor of our real selves. Our reward for taking such a risk is that as we do, we will attract and inspire others, giving them the permission to be real too.

Lighten Up – Out of the Mouths of Babes

Out of the Mouths of Babes



( 2 ) No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with. — Kirsten, age 10


( 1 ) Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then. — Camille, age 10

( 2 ) No age is good to get married at. You got to be a fool to get married. — Freddie, age 6 (very wise for his age)


( 1 ) You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids. — Derrick, age 8


( 1 ) Both don’t want any more kids. — Lori, age 8


( 1 ) Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough. — Lynnette, age 8 (isn’t she a treasure)

( 2 ) On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date. — Martin, age 10


( 1 ) When they’re rich. — Pam, age 7

( 2 ) The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t want to mess with that. — Curt, age 7

( 3 ) The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do. — Howard, age 8


( 1 ) It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them. — Anita, age 9 (bless you child)


( 1 ) There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there? — Kelvin, age 8

And the ..1 Favorite is…..


( 1 ) Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a truck. — Ricky, age 10


Daily Cosmic Calendar For August 18th

The little things in life are always front and center during the Moon’s passage through Virgo every month. Therefore, get down to brass tacks and focus attention on improving your diet with adding nutritional food sources. Stock up on cereals, grains, herbs, tea, vitamins, minerals, nuts, seeds and seasonings.  Repair work is featured as Venus squares Pallas (9:27AM PDT) while the Sun makes an inspirational, 72-degree tie to Vesta (9:35AM PDT). You can still solve problems and be a strategist — seeing patterns that are normally invisible to the human eye. Love bonds are enhanced as the Moon in Virgo makes a supportive, 60-degree liaison with Venus in Cancer (12:06PM PDT), but snafus on the communication front can create some temporary mistaken judgments as Mercury forms an off-kilter, 150-degree tie with Chiron (1:32PM PDT).  The Moon enters a long void twilight zone at 4:27PM PDT that will last until 9:46PM PDT tomorrow night. This is somewhat disconcerting because insights can arrive with a chorus of cheers as Mercury trines Uranus in fire signs (4:30PM PDT) while Ceres also makes an inspirational, 72-degree rapport with Uranus (8:01PM PDT). This latter aspect usually is an enhancement for your overall productivity, but with the Moon being void all the way until tomorrow night, you may need to rest on your laurels for tonight and much of tomorrow. Be a minimalist when it comes to decision-making overnight.