The other day I just happened to glance up at one of the shelves that surrounds my computer and I started thinking that this was the next project I needed to tackle…clean it out! There were so many small paperbacks packed in there together… that I couldn’t even read the titles…except one.
As I pulled it out I remembered how I got it…I won it at a drawing during a State Social Studies Conference years ago. I tucked it away in one of my numerous bags I walked around with that day. Eventually I cleaned out the bag and squeezed the small paperback into the shelf by the computer. And there it still sat.
The other day I was happily surprised to find the connection on worries and troubles between the Apostle Matthew and Brer Rabbit and now (as I skimmed through this book) I quickly began seeing the same similarities between Native-American proverbs and our own.
This one great truth for me keeps repeating itself over and over to the point that I have no doubt one day my eyes will be opened to see how our universe is connected and it will be a magnificent moment!
(The Duwamish tribe says: “There is no death, only a change of worlds.”) It will be in this ‘other world’ that this connection will be revealed to me.
In the preface, Guy A. Zona defines the term “Proverbs.”
Proverbs are time-honored truths which condense the collected wisdom and experience of a people and their culture. These proverbs (collected in the book) are those of a people who love the land and regard it as sacred, who see daily prayer as a duty, and find no need to set apart one day in seven as a holy day, but observe every day as God’s day.
I have selected ten proverbs from the book; you discover quickly that they sound eerily similar to something you have read from our own Book of Proverbs. God is God to all people and His relationship to them doesn’t alter in the wisdom of His Being.
- With all things and in all things we are relatives (Sioux)
2. Sin is not allowed in God’s tepee. (Mohawk)
3. Thoughts are like arrows; once released, they strike their mark. Guard them well or one day you may be your own victim. (Navajo)
4. Be kind to everything that lives. (Omaha)
5. We will be known forever by the tracks we leave. (Dakota)
6. Who serves his fellows is of all the greatest. (Dakota)
7. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself. (Minguass)
8. All religions are but stepping stones back to God. (Pawnee)
9. It makes no difference as to the name of God, since Love is the real God of all the world. (Apache)
10. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Walk beside me that we may be as one. (Ute)
Obviously I could go on and on writing down more and more Native-American proverbs because they are so beautiful and touch on love and truth…all the ingredients for life that we as humans share in our spiritual connected-ness here on Earth.
So until tomorrow…We must always remember “We are one in the spirit, we are one in the Lord.”
“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh