January 23 - Daily Feast
We can walk through a thousand people's lives and feel only the loneliness of our own existence. Others move by on both sides and some of them stand in the brightest light while our own corner is so dark. But we have to know that the noisy successes of other people are often their ways of dealing with the still places in their lives. Others are working with their lacks and needs, their call for recognition. All of us would be warriors. All of us would stitch red into our costumes. Fear can penetrate the strongest fortress - and the password is compassion, pure and simple understanding.
~ The Great Spirit made us all - He made my skin red and yours white; He places us on this earth, and intended that we should live differently from each other. ~
"A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II" by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Elder's Meditation of the Day - January 23
"Our true enemies, as well as our true sources of strength, lie within."
A long time ago, the Creator put inside the human being the secrets to the laws of life. We usually know this is true even though we may not know what these laws are. If something goes wrong with our lives, we usually fix the blame on something outside of ourselves. We tend to give up accountability. One way or another we say, "It's not my fault." We need to realize that all permanent and lasting change starts on the inside and works its way out. If it's meant to be, it is up to me.
Oh Great Spirit, let me realize fully that my problems are of my own making. Therefore, so are the solutions.
'THINK on THESE THINGS'
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Sometimes people are impressed more with status than they are content. The louder status is shouted the more glowing and receptive these people are. It is sad because so often status has no real substance, no teaching, but looks alone.
Put down the need to be impressed. Feel instead the kinship of standing with someone who knows our situation. If they feel our need for them they will stay close. This is the only inside circle that will not be broken.
One's own opinion is a privilege, but Lord, let us not sink out of sight in what we believe or profess to believe. If it is real and for the good, the true good, then we can relax and let life go on in its orderly way.