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                           Something to think about each & every day

                                         A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully, and
                                       before it blossomed, he examined it. He saw the bud that
                                       would soon blossom and also the thorns. And he thought,
                                        How can any beautiful flower come from a plant burdened
                                        with so many sharp thorns?" Saddened by this thought, he
                                  neglected to water the rose, and before it was ready to
                         bloom, it died.
                                         So it is with many people. Within every soul there is a rose.
                                     The God like qualities planted in us at birth growing amid
                                    the thorns of our faults. Many of us look at ourselves and
                                     see only the thorns, the defects. We despair, thinking that
                                   nothing good can possibly come from us.  We neglect to
                                       water  the good within us, and eventually it dies. We never
                           realize our potential.

                                             Some people do not see the rose within themselves; someone
                                        else must show it to them. One of the greatest gifts a person
                                    can possess is to be able to reach past the thorns and find
                                 the rose within others. This is the characteristic of love,
                                    to look at a person, and knowing his faults, recognize the
                           nobility in his soul, and help him realize that he can
                                          overcome his faults. If we show him the rose, he will conquer
                               the thorns. Then will he blossom, blooming forth thirty,
          sixty, a hundred-fold as it is given to him.

                                       Our duty in this world is to help others by showing them their
                                         roses and not their thorns. Only then can we achieve the love
                                we should feel for each other; only then can we bloom
                           in our own garden.

                  Author Unknown
 
 

                   wINDdANCERS pRAYER

                                              When you can feel the wind caress your  heart and a smile
                                 sets your spirit to soaring, can you help but wonder how
                               much joy the Creator may give. Maybe all  the Creator
                                     wants from us is to live a good life and once in awhile, to lift
                                  our eyes to the sky and smile. Being  Native has helped to
                                give me a strong spirit, pride in who and what I am and
                                  strength to endure.  May the Creator bless all of you with a
                                     windy caress on your heart.