Cat people can relate to my morning ritual of cleaning the kitchen counters before use. When the floor’s gotten a bit dusty, telltale paw prints show the way. The cats stop the occasional mouse, but who’s to stop the cats?!
The dynamic duo at rest. They release all this stored solar energy at night ;)
Looking forward to attending this celebration tomorrow, after being cooped up and sick all week!
Once a year the American Indian Council of Mariposa County (AICMC) - aka the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation - organizes a traditional Native American celebration. To most people this celebration is known as a Pow Wow but, to us it is known as Chi-Tock-Non Kote-U-Pu - a drug-free, alcohol-free, smoke-free Spring Celebration.
The next event, May 11 - 12, 2013, marks our 20th annual Pow Wow and is important not only as a celebration of our Native American culture, song and dance but, more importantly, helps to fund the Nellie Tucker Scholarship. At present, the Southern Sierra Miwuk are not Federally recognized and, therefore, do not qualify for the larger Scholarships and Grants that are available to recognized tribes. The Nellie Tucker scholarship, administered through the AICMC, provides funds for local Native students who are trying to further their education.
I don’t think I’ve ever felt the need to be Awesome or Amazing, in the way we’re constantly told we’re supposed to — especially women. (If we’re special enough can we then be equal?? But that’s a related issue.) Seriously, think about it. It’s the internal version of “keeping up with the Joneses,” all this striving to stand out (read: above) and to be so grand and wonderful. It’s exceptionalism right down at the individual level and is part of what’s seriously wrong with our American culture, in particular. I think it contributes to the societal psychosis playing out in such horrors as mass shootings and stabbings.
This world would be a much better, healthier, “safer” place if people would JUST STOP trying to be so damned impressive (to whom exactly??) all the time and focus on simply being regular good people, helping others, doing the right thing, and feeling satisfied, fulfilled, and happy ENOUGH. Awesome and amazing will take care of itself.
Sometimes the simplest, smallest things are amazing help to others, as a mini project with a new client highlighted for me last week. I wasn’t trying to impress — it wasn’t about me, after all — just help someone get something up and running properly. She thought it/I was awesome and said so with much enthusiasm. We were both happy at the outcome… and amazing took care of itself.
So let’s drop the pretense and stop buying into all the hype that literally sickens us with stress and worry about whether we’re being all that WE can be while others suffer all around us just trying to get by. Deep in my heart I know that this unhealthy obsession with our comparative self worth is part of the GREED that KILLS.
Lucky as hell to be living for a spell in a little home on the side of a hill in Mariposa, CA, among the wild things of the Sierra Nevada foothills.
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