Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth's rite of passage?
His father takes him into the forest...blindfolded...and leaves him....alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night...and not take off the blindfold until the ray of sun shines through it. He is all by himself. He cannot cry out for help to anyone.
Once he survives the night...he is a MAN. He cannot tell the other boys of this experience. Each boy must come into his own manhood.
The boy was terrified...could hear all kinds of noise...Beasts were all around him. Maybe even some human would hurt him. The wind blew the grass and earth... and it shook his stump. But he sat stoically...never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could be a man.
Finally, after a horrific night...the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he saw his father...sitting on the stump next to him...at watch...the entire night.
A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. "What food might this contain?" the mouse wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said "Mr.Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."
Sometimes when I turn on the TV to watch the news. There's always something bad thing happening around the world. Genocides, mass rape, police brutality, corruption, racism, bigotry etc. As I witness such horrors, I'm saddened by the chilling reality of the whole world being silent. Many people have turned a blind eye to these atrocities, in fact many are afraid to speak out. Instead of speaking out we play the "politically correctness" game. Instead of arresting the culprits, we justify it enough by saying, "it's only the minority." Who will stand up for the rights of the oppressed? Who will speak out against the terrorism? Abortion? Crimes against humanity? Religious persecutions?
Complaining. We too often sit by saying, "how evil and corrupt the world has become," instead of going out and making a difference. I believe the time is right for us to make a stand for our children,
What do we desire in others? As human beings we tend to design the perfect person for a particular relationship--be it a romantic, someone to play sports with, a group member, church member, whatever. Can you think of the personality traits you'd want this person to have? Have you ever wondered why some people--perhaps even you are not having good relations with your family, partner, spouse?
Relationships share similarities all over the world. Family ties, friendships, marriages, love-- these are relationships all human beings experience. To an extent, of course, that's true; are somewhat universal
to humankind. However, these points stand out on how to improve your relationships:
Work on the problems. Remaining in a difficult and unfulfilling relationship is not easy. Many people are quick to leave a relationship that doesn't meet their needs, and it seems easier to dissolve a marriage or leave a church or
It was a lazy Saturday of December 2008, I was fast asleep on my bed. Suddenly, I had a loud noise on my door.''Wake up, Sicebise.'' I was dreaming about that girl again! Worse yet, I was angry because my uncle had disturbed me. As we were working he told me something remarkable. He said, ''being a man is about responsibilities.'' What does it mean to be a man? It doesn't matter which