I ran across a post by Maria Shriver on her blog that I shared with the elementary staff today during our weekly meeting. I read 'A Message from the Hopi Elders' during the holiday break and felt moved by it. I wonder if the letter was written from a literal viewpoint or if it is more modern full of symbolism. Either way, when I read the message I immediately knew I would share it the first week back to school. I've attached the letter and hope you too find a positive message for the new year.
"A Message From the Hopi Elders,
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.
Here are the things that must be considered:
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know our 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.
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 and hold onto the shore.
They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.
Know the river has its destruction.
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 the 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 comes to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over.
Banish the word "struggle" from your attitude and vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and celebration.
We are the ones we have been waiting for!"
--Oraibi, Arizona Hopi Nation