As I awoke this morning and began to plan my days tentative steps, I thought of some things I wanted to share with you all, things that give me a little faith in the Universe that there is still good in people.
Recently a friend of mine moved to the area, and as you all know settling into an area you have never lived before takes time. Time to get to know people, time to understand the dynamics of the town you have chosen to live in order to fit into their way of life in positives. In her normal way of trying to do things herself, she wound up falling and now has a cast on both her leg and her arm, (Weeeeeee great way to spend your winter right?) as the past few weeks have gone by, her new neighbors have all stepped up and embraced her not only as part of a community, but part of a neighborhood family that watches out for and cares for each other. they check in on her, bring her food, and do small and large chores for her. Yes you heard it right, even though she is a new person to the area. Novel idea right? People helping other people, communicating with each other on a compassionate and Human level.
Over the past Year we have seen and watched more Hate and Violence spread like wild fires, not only in the United States but across the World. It has entered hearts and homes sometimes very close to us. It is scary, it is swift, but the thing we need to remember is we can and should be in control of stopping it spread. How you say? By not feeding into it, by controlling our own thoughts and emotions, by not jumping into something in the heat of the moment making situations worse. It is not easy, especially if you are a minority in thought and deed.
I look back to history, and quite frankly all I see is that we are repeating the Human Experience over and over again, people trying to be better than, more powerful than, stronger than, greedier than, more important than each other. and the only thing that has changed is the fact we can see things quicker because of media and communication abilities that are so fast it winds up fueling the problems rather than helping to resolve the problems. I look at the social media and I see people that post real negative things, people that get into negative and hurtful play of words through text and technology, things that cause the negatives to cut quicker and deeper into our human experience. Placing the focus on the gritty, nasty and dark sides of issues and people seems to be the outcome. I get it, I do… we have this need and desire to have ourselves heard, we are passionate about what is important to each of us… yet sometimes that passion insights riots of emotions that are not serving the more positive and higher purpose. So why do it at all? Because we have forgotten compassion, thoughtfulness, respect, honor, love, not only for others…but often even for ourselves.
So now again I take a look at the world, my world… I have been so blessed this year with people and things that have occurred good and bad, in my life ALL of it has helped me to continue the human journey, experiencing new things and ideas causing me to grow and become a better person to myself and others. This is the thing I want you all to think about today, taking a quite moment to be thankful for the things that you have had good in your life. Look at the people around you today, silently send up a prayer or positive thought for them, for yourselves. Appreciate that we are breathing and that we are good people worthy of being loved and experiencing the human journey we are all on.
Today…I challenge you to give yourself the gifts of compassion, love, forgiveness… of the Human. Restore Your Faith in the Life that has been given to each and everyone of us no matter what color, what race, religion, faith or way of thought we each walk with. We Are all of the same Human beginning… We Are All Related… Mitakuye O`yasin.
“I am Dedicated to Educating and sharing the Native culture with the World. It is not enough merely to teach the ways of our Elders. We must honor those traditions by sharing and educating the World. Inspiring others …Inspiring our Youth. Through the Music… the Arts…the stories…”
“Snow Falling In Silence” from Wolf Moon Rising by Wolfsheart available on Itunes and at http://wolfsheart.eu/start/