Do not judge your neighbor until you walk two moons in his moccasins.- Cheyenne
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.- Matthew 7:12
Man has responsibility, not power. - Tuscarora
The above wise words were recited to me many times by my Native American grandfather.
Change. I have heard this word many times over the past few months and I have decided to make attempts to apply this to my personal life.
NO one should judge another until they have been in their shoes. This applies to leaders and lay people alike. Since I cannot control another's actions, I will make every attempt to control mine.
I will try to treat others with the same respect that I would like in return. I may not receive the same respect but at least I have made a personal attempt to respect others.
I will make every attempt to take responsibility and to have respect towards the land. Man does not own the land but rather, man is a caretaker.
I will NOT put my faith in man but instead I will continue to have faith in that which is greater than man...............the Great Spirit/God.
Since change is the word for the next four years I have great hope that someday the oppressed off spring of the First man of this country will become a wise leader of this great land. Then the people of this country can stand up with pride and admit they have truly changed.
I found a new prayer that I have been trying to exercise in my life.
Dear God, please put one hand on my shoulder and one on my mouth. Occasionally it is necessary for me to pray, Dear God, please put both hands over my mouth.:)
I am a perceptive person and have learned to listen to my instincts (something else that my Native American grandfather taught me).
Time will tell.