With the Thanksgiving holiday behind us, we have just over a month remaining in Calendar Year 2016. For many of us, the next 30+ days will be jam packed with holiday parties and other events, shopping, Christmas, Hanukah and other religious celebrations, and hopefully, some R&R if you can fit that in.
I’m not one who waits for January 1st to roll around each year to make New Year resolutions. Those can be made on any day of the year. Planning for the future also does not need to wait until the beginning of a new year and can begin today or any other day of the year.
Across the United States, we are putting another presidential election cycle behind us. Whether your candidate emerged as the winner or loser, one thing that rings true for too many individuals is this: Too often we wait on others to do for us what we should be doing for ourselves. As the Hopi elder reminds us in the poem below, we are the ones that we have been waiting for.
A Hopi Elder Speaks [Ref 1]
You have been telling the people
That this is the Eleventh Hour,
Now you must go back and tell the people that this is THE HOUR.
And there are things to be considered.
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in the right relationships?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.
It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said,
“This could be a good time!”
“There is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold on to the shore.
They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.
Know the river has its destination.
The elders say we must let go of the shore,
push off into the middle of the river,
keep our eyes open, and our heads above water.
And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate.
At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally,
Least of all, ourselves.
For the moment that we do,
our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over.
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are the ones we have been waiting for.”
In closing, my message to you is: Arise! Every minute that passes is captured in the past. Set your faces and minds toward the future. This could be a good time! We are the ones we have been waiting for!
- A Hopi Elder Speaks – this poem appeared in Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper on November 27, 2016. Sunday Paper is a product of Shriver Media (2016)