Monday, December 26, 2005

Hope For 2006

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I hope everyone has had a Merry Christmas and has a Happy and prosperous New Year!
My Hopes for 2006:

1. That we can stand up in our communites and voice our opinions...opinions that matter and effect change.....with pride, courage and determination!

2. That people in our communites can unite and come together in mind and spirit to begin the healing and end the suffering for the next generations.

3. That kindness prevails and overshadows hate, greed and jealousy.

4. That we reconnect with the inside of what it means to be native, reflect and live those values and get back to recognizing that to be Native is whats on the inside, not on the outside.

5. That we recognize the problems and the suffering at the hands of oppressive governments within Native communities and refuse to tolerate it any longer out of respect for ourselves and our people.

6. That we recognize and remember that all people have value and contibutions to make in society and it is they who are important and not the material things that we may acquire in this lifetime.

7. That we reach out to the people who are suffering the most and lend a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on or just an ear to could make the difference.

8. That we send the message to other communites that we are here to help and support them regardless if they are from another Tribe or First Nation...we are all brothers and sisters and placed ont the same earth for the same purpose by the Creator of all Red Nations.

9. That we no longer suffer in silence or live in fear, but have the courage to stand up and break that silence and in doing so draw attention to the real problems within our communities and put our heads together to create real solutions.

10. That 2006 sees prosperity, renewed hope and freedom, for all people within each of the red communities around the globe.


Each morning upon rising, and each evening before sleeping, give thanks for the life within you and for all life, for the good things the Creator has given you and for the opportunity to grow a little more each day. Consider your thoughts and actions of the past day and seek for the courage and strength to be a better person. Seek for the things that will benefit others (everyone).
Respect. Respect means "To feel or show honor or esteem for someone or something; to consider the well being of, or to treat someone or something with deference or courtesy". Showing respect is a basic law of life.
Treat every person from the tiniest child to the oldest elder with respect at all times.
Special respect should be given to Elders, Parents, Teachers, and Community Leaders.
No person should be made to feel "put down" by you; avoid hurting other hearts as you would avoid a deadly poison.
Touch nothing that belongs to someone else (especially Sacred Objects) without permission, or an understanding between you.
Respect the privacy of every person, never intrude on a person's quiet moment or personal space.
Never walk between people that are conversing.
Never interrupt people who are conversing.
Speak in a soft voice, especially when you are in the presence of Elders, strangers or others to whom special respect is due.
Do not speak unless invited to do so at gatherings where Elders are present (except to ask what is expected of you, should you be in doubt).
Never speak about others in a negative way, whether they are present or not.
Treat the earth and all of her aspects as your mother. Show deep respect for the mineral world, the plant world, and the animal world. Do nothing to pollute our Mother, rise up with wisdom to defend her.
Show deep respect for the beliefs and religion of others.
Listen with courtesy to what others say, even if you feel that what they are saying is worthless. Listen with your heart.
Respect the wisdom of the people in council. Once you give an idea to a council meeting it no longer belongs to you. It belongs to the people. Respect demands that you listen intently to the ideas of others in council and that you do not insist that your idea prevail. Indeed you should freely support the ideas of others if they are true and good, even if those ideas ideas are quite different from the ones you have contributed. The clash of ideas brings forth the Spark of Truth.
Once a council has decided something in unity, respect demands that no one speak secretly against what has been decided. If the council has made an error, that error will become apparent to everyone in its own time.
Be truthful at all times, and under all conditions.
Always treat your guests with honor and consideration. Give of your best food, your best blankets, the best part of your house, and your best service to your guests.
The hurt of one is the hurt of all, the honor of one is the honor of all.
Receive strangers and outsiders with a loving heart and as members of the human family.
All the races and tribes in the world are like the different colored flowers of one meadow. All are beautiful. As children of the Creator they must all be respected.
To serve others, to be of some use to family, community, nation, and the world is one of the main purposes for which human beings have been created. Do not fill yourself with your own affairs and forget your most important talks. True happiness comes only to those who dedicate their lives to the service of others.
Observe moderation and balance in all things.
Know those things that lead to your well-being, and those things that lead to your destruction.
Listen to and follow the guidance given to your heart. Expect guidance to come in many forms; in prayer, in dreams, in times of quiet solitude, and in the words and deeds of wise Elders and friends.

Happy New Year and May the Great Spirit Guide You in all that You do!


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