… is idle no more

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over the years i’ve had plenty of time to listen, and to stop and think. when i first read the quote by gandhi, ‘be the change you wanna see in the world’ that one line really made an impact on me. it also reminds me of what i’ve heard elders and helpers say over the years, ‘you need to help yourself before you help others’ and ‘everything begins with you then your family then extended family then clan then community then the world around you’. this last statement refers to this visualization… imagine a pebble dropping in some water and how it ripples out. that one drop continues outwards and effecting everything beyond that first drop. that pebble is you and me.

if we want real change to happen, it has to begin with ourselves. we need to embrace this and really think about our thoughts, our words, and our actions. we need to embrace our self responsibility to our self, our family, our clan, our community, and the world we live in. this is where change will happen. if we can do this for ourselves imagine how it will change everything.

the following is a list of those everyday changes. the key with anything is to be consistent. and keep it humble. you don’t need to announce to the world and say hey, look at what i’m doing. just do it. be an unsung hero. and don’t wait for a certain day to start or wait for a special day to remember to do that something special for those you love. just do it. and do it out of love for yourself because when you love yourself, it’s just like that ripple effect. (the nouns below are interchangeable. go ahead put yourself in them.) miigwech.

 

the man who says no to bottle water and refills a glass, a mug, a cup or a water bottle from the tap is idle no more

the family who closes their corporate bank accounts and opens an account at the local cooperative bank or credit union is idle no more

the mother who chooses to pack snacks and a lunch for her family instead of heading in a drive thru is idle no more

the woman who organizes conferences, feasts, socials, and gatherings encourages everyone to bring their own water bottles, plates, bowls and utensils is idle no more

the man who carries a drum and understands that this beat is from the womb of his mother treats everyone woman he meets with respect and acknowledgement is idle no more

the young man who stops himself from acting violently to his wife and children is idle no more

the child who recycles for the family instead of putting everything in the trash is idle no more

the boy who watches another struggle does something about it is idle no more

the woman who gives half of a sandwich to the man on the street is idle no more

the father who bikes to the store to get groceries instead of driving his car is idle no more

the boy who throws away all his toy guns, g.i. joe figurines, and black ops game is idle no more

the young woman who looks in the mirror and sees beauty, intelligence, strength and determination instead looking in magazines for all this is idle no more

the woman who plants seeds and grows a garden to feed her family and community is idle no more

the family who decides to eat local and buy local is idle no more

the one who realizes that we are all connected is idle no more

the one who sees an ally of any nationality standing next to them at a round dance, at a protest, or sitting on the bus is idle no more

the one who educates themselves and understands what they are reading and able to communicate this in their own words is idle no more

the one who witnesses racism shakes their head and begins to ask questions of themselves and others is idle no more

the one who stays at home playing with their children is idle no more

the one who stays off facebook for a day is idle no more

the one who listens to what they are saying and displays these actions is idle no more

the one who turns off the computer for a day is idle no more

the one who thinks before they talk is idle no more

the one who meditates and has visions of a better day is idle no more

the one who understands that they are the change they wants to see in the world is idle no more

(please add something positive and affirming)… is idle no more

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11 thoughts on “… is idle no more

  1. Beautiful and insightful as always, Vera. Thank you for your words.

    The one who comes to the understanding that you can acomplish more with an open hand than a closed fist is idle no more…

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  2. the one who sees that Mother Earth is a magnificent gift from the Creator is idle no more.

    the one that sees we are all gifts from the Creator and freely acknowledge this is idle no more

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  3. Reblogged this on Yöëtsate' Productions and commented:
    I cried when I read this piece written by my comrade Vera Wabegijig who gifts the world with this beautiful, and thoughtful poem. Add your voice to the end of her “… is idle no more” post on her blog Wild Rice Dreams (www.verawaabegeeshig.wordpress.com). Love to you Vera! #idlenomore

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