We can’t always gear our lives to the desires of others. And that
doesn’t mean we should be difficult or hard to get along with. It does mean
there is a time to make it easy on ourselves. Take a few easy steps. When life
crowds in, it is time to quit giving the impression of being superhuman. Going
the extra mile has always been important, but we have days when someone else
needs to go that extra mile and give us relief. It is somewhat like breathing –
there’s a time to inhale and a time to exhale.
You hear of us as murderers and thieves. We are not so. If we had more lands to
give you, we would give them, but we have no more.
RED CLOUD – SIOUX CHIEFTAN
When we stop to think, we realize that at one time our main teaching was to be
honorable and just and compassionate. And now, most of our entertainment is
watching someone brings down someone with a degree of innocence. We are free to
hiss and boo what we see and hear, but how many admire such a gift of treachery?
What would it be like to manipulate and generally ruin other people’s lives for
pure entertainment? Who can we really trust or rely on? We can begin with
ourselves. By weeding out past experiences and by forgiving ourselves, we can be
someone that can be trusted. It is a beginning – and a responsibility.
My children, you have forgotten the customs and traditions of your forefathers.
PONTIAC – ODAWA, 1763
“A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II” by Joyce Sequichie Hifler