‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Some of the dearest moments ever spent are those on the road I didn’t want to travel. And some of the most magnificient doors I’ve ever passed through are where before there was no way.
Some of the kindest people I shall ever know are the ones I didn’t want to meet. And the greatest abundance I’ve ever received came from a pitance I wanted to withhold.
Tears I have wanted to shed have turned to happiness because for a moment I could see beyond them. And hope has saved everything when I wanted most to give up in despair.
And suddenly I realize how great my progress could be if I could get myself and my emotions out of the way. How hard I push against the door that opens inward – inward, where faith and hope and trust abide.
There’s not enough ambling done any more There are too many deadlines. Time for a favorite TV show, time to take pills, time for appointments, time to catch a plane. Life is one continual alarm clock.
Never a gentle gait, but always at a dogtrot to meet those deadlines. It seems that dawdling along or staring into space is a waste of time, as the ambitious, eager for superiority, move dangerously ahead.
Many great people have known the wisdom of safeguarding their health and security by taking time to analyze, not in the role of fact sifting, but by allowing the mind to amble, to drift openly from thought to thought. This sitting idly on the sidelines and fishing quietly in the mind can catch many a solution that casting would never hook.
After a period of creative silence, attacking any deadline is made simple. The mind has had time to lay down the brittle aggressiveness and is ready to operate efficiently. Even physical weariness passes and the goal ahead isn’t so far in the distance.
When there isn’t time to go fishing, remember the words of American author William Mathews: “Knowledge is acquired by study and observation, but wisdom cometh by opportunity of leisure. The ripest thoughts come from a mind which is not always on the stretch, but fed, at times, by a wise passiveness.”
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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – June 3
“IN THE BEGINNING were the Instructions… The Instructions was to live in a good way and be respectful to everybody and everything.”
–Vickie Downey, TEWA/Tesuque Pueblo
A long time ago, in the beginning, the Creator gave to all people and to all things the Wisdom and the knowledge of how to live in harmony. Some tribes call these teachings the original Instructions, the original teachings, or the Great Laws. All of Nature still lives and survives according to these teachings. In modern times, human beings are searching for the Instructions. Many churches claim they have these Instructions. Where are these teachings? The Instructions are written in our hearts.
Great Spirit, today, whisper to me the secrets of the original Instructions.
June 3 – Daily Feast
The search for peace of mind has reached into areas grown dangerous. But like nearly all pursuits for peace, there is a hook on the end of many remedies. Too much sinks its claws in and will not let go – even to our destruction. Most people do not want to hear there is a spiritual answer to their dilemmas. They prefer “other” ways that have side effects. The spiritual way is totally free of interference and very personal, as any Indian will tell you. Ha dv da s da – listen. Listen and hear.
~ Possibly you may be looking for someone with a strong heart. Possibly you may be intending to do something for me better than I know of. ~
BLACK KETTLE – PRINCIPAL CHIEF OF THE CHEYENNE
“A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II” by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
The Daily Motivator message for
Friday, June 3, 2016
Action creates confidence
As you witness yourself taking action and getting results, your confidence grows. The experience of taking on the small challenges, repeated over and over again, gives you confidence to tackle the big challenges.
It’s impossible to gain true confidence by wishing for it or asking for it. The only way to build confidence in your own ability is to utilize that ability, every chance you get.
Apathy and inactivity breed doubt and hesitation. Action creates confidence and vigor.
No task is too small or unimportant, because every positive result you work to create also works to strengthen your confidence. If you want to know without a doubt that you can handle the major jobs, be always willing to jump in and help with the minor jobs.
Make your confidence realistic by basing it on a depth of experience. Every day is filled with opportunities to add to that experience.
Embrace all the tasks, big and small, that build your confidence and strengthen your ability. With enough real, honest confidence, nothing is out of your reach.
© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/motivate/160603.html
Opening To Receive Comfort
Grief is part of the human experience, and sharing our vulnerability helps create truly close bonds.
When we experience something that causes us to feel shock and sadness, we may feel the urge to withdraw from life. It may seem like remaining withdrawn will keep us protected from the world, but during these times it is important to reach out to those trusted and precious people who care about us the most. Even with our best information and reasoning, we never know when someone else’s experience or perspective can give us additional information that we need. The universe speaks to us through many channels, and when we open ourselves up to receive its messages, we also receive nurturing care from a loving partner in life’s journey.
Grief is part of the human experience, and sharing our vulnerability is what creates truly close bonds in our relationships. Opening ourselves up in this way gets to the core of our being, past all of our defenses and prejudices. When life seems to crack the outer shell of our world, we are both raw and fresh at the same time. It is then that we discover who is truly willing to walk with us through life. We also see that some of those sent to us may not be the ones we expected to see. Regardless, we learn to trust in the universe, in others, in our own strength and resilience, and in the wisdom of life itself.
Sharing grief allows us to ease our burden by letting someone else help carry it. This helps us process our own inner thoughts and feelings through the filter of a trusted and beloved someone. We may feel guilty or selfish, as if we are unloading on someone who has their own challenges. Although, if we think about it, we know we would do the same for them, and their protests would seem pointless. Remember that not sharing feelings with others denies them the opportunity to feel. We may be the messenger sent by the universe for their benefit, and it is on this mission that we have been sent. By sharing our hopes and fears, joys and pains with another person, we accept the universe’s gifts of wisdom and loving care.