Saturday, February 05, 2011

Wisdom from the Elders of the Hopi Nation

As my friends and I work toward a better future for children, battling for decimal dust in state and federal budgets, and fighting to keep the doors open in organizations and agencies that work on behalf of children and families, I found these opening words from Margaret Wheatley's book, Perseverance, to be very inspiring.

It is a Prophecy delivered by the Elders of the Hopi Nation on June 8, 2000, at Oraibi Arizona.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

TO MY FELLOW SWIMMERS:

Here is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift, that there are those 
who will be afraid, who will try 
to hold on to the shore.
They are being torn apart and 
will suffer greatly.

Know that the river has its destination.
The elders say we must let go of the shore.
Push off into the middle of the river,
and keep our heads above water.

And I say see who is there with you 
and celebrate.
At this time in history, 
we are to take nothing personally,
least of all ourselves, 
for the moment we do,
our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.

The time of the lone wolf is over.
Gather yourselves.
Banish the word struggle from your attitude 
and vocabulary.

All that we do now must be done 
in a sacred manner and in celebration.
For we are the ones we have been waiting for.

2 comments:

Jennifer said...

Thank you for posting this. I hope everyone can relate to this. I'd like to share this with my coworkers and the families at our school this week.

Jennifer McGee
Charleston Montessori School

Jennifer said...

Thank you for posting this. I hope everyone can relate to it. I'd like to share this with my coworkers and families at our school.

Jennifer McGee
Charleston Montessori School