When it comes to the Thanksgiving holiday, some of us are Thankful and others are just Full-of-Bull. What I mean is that those who are Thankful exemplify it by giving back their blessings however they can. Thankful people give their time, money, and hearts to those that have less. Thankful people recognizing that their current circumstances are temporary and that what they have been blessed with they are also obligated to be responsible for.
The people who are Full-of-Bull are just the opposite, living lives that are unfulfilling and contradictory. Full-of-Bull people are stagnate and difficult. Full-of-Bull people see problems and don’t address them or, worse yet, they are selectively blind to problems. But being a Full-of-Bull person today doesn’t mean one cannot become a Thankful person tomorrow.
I write about this because of the Thanksgiving holiday as well as the light recently cast on Indian Country by ABC’s television show “Hidden American: Children of the Plains”, check it out here. That light is resounding with people of my own tribe, compelling their Thankful spirit. There has always been a giving spirit within a great many people of my tribe, each person or family directing their efforts toward causes that mean something to them like health, religion, or education.
Yet, there has been no concerted or organized effort to focus our collective giving power. To put it another way, we have all been trying to build a house but without a site manager. We’ve got the supplies – lumber, shingles, cement, resources, etc. – but no direction. We’ve to the tools necessary for the job, but not a strategy on how to start. If you watch HGTV or DIY Network like me then you know the difficulties that come with starting without a plan.
To get people moving in a similar direction there has to be an event that occurs, something that people look and understand as transformative. If you think for a moment then I’m sure you can recognize some of those from your lifetime – 9/11, The Great Recession, MTV (I’m half joking half serious with this one). After speaking to one of my close friends and to another person form my tribe I am getting the feeling that what ABC captured on film may be that event for Seminole people.
The idea is simple, focusing our giving power and resources on people we most closely identify – other people living in Indian Country. An effort is underway to achieve this focus. People are meeting with one another and getting organized, formulating a plan and strategy. For now I’m on the outside looking in concerning these developing efforts, however, that doesn’t mean I’m not a believer in the cause. Just watch the video and your heart will understand what mine felt.
I’m encouraged by what I’m hearing and I believe this is more than just a Rez rumor or people who are Full-of-Bull. This is a great opportunity being born. If you want to know more leave a comment and I’ll be in touch.