AwareNow: Issue 20: The Kind Edition

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“Now we must show them what kindness is…”

It is about kindness. And we must take care of each other. We must take care of our mind. It's really up to us, because God gave us free will to decide what's good for us, and everything that we needed. He put it here for us. It's for us… Air is for us. The sun is for us. The world is for us…… the children and mothers, fathers, grandfathers and grandmothers. Even the great great grandchildren……. Somewhere in there… we find that we care… every one of us. We care about our children. We care about our mothers and fathers. We care about our grandfathers and grandmothers. Brothers and sisters. How can we not think about that gift of Creator… He was kind to us… kind enough to create everything we need… That I call ‘kindness’. Everything that we enjoy today all over the world came from this world that we're in. If we need water… air… food. That's all there. That is to me…….. that's kindness….. And we're a part of it. I think if we look after ourselves, and in that time we tend to look after us… to look after each other in a kind way… I think things will change. We will enjoy ourselves.

We must join forces to take care of the world. We're all in it… If it's here in this part of the world or this Turtle Island… or if it's somewhere else. We all need kindness… We must take care of the future generations so they can enjoy what we enjoy… to see we enjoy things today… because we're working with the nature. If we don't work with the nature, we're not being kind. We're not being kind to the environment. And we're not being kind to each other. When children come, from day one… they want us to be there for them…… They don't know life yet. They have long ways to go. But I understand what a beautiful life that they should have. Like we have. Sometimes it's difficult.

Life is difficult. We make better times for each other, if we take care of each other, and take care of the land. The land provides for needs. The world provides what we need. So we must be kind to all things, human beings, the animals, the water, and the air to work together, because there's one world, and we're all in it. And we're all part of the creation… I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be kind to us… So I think we must join all over the world. Enjoy. Enjoy and appreciate kindness. Kindness comes from the heart. Kindness comes from people. Kindness comes from the Spirit. Try kindness to one another and to the children.

These are the things that I think about.

It's about spirit. We only have one Spirit, one life, one world. One sun. One air and one water. It's all about us… so future generations can have this... Now we must show them what kindness is…


Thank you.

Chief Ogimaa

Respectfully recorded and submitted by Kathy Kiss


Anishinaabe Knowledge Keeper, Chief of Foothills Ojibway on Turtle Island I am Ogimaa (Acha-Kooh-waay), I begin with words from my own language to say hi to everybody. My identity… which is… because God put me in this part of the world is my Annishinaabe language and name. That means “leader” for people and environment here. So I am not saying I am the leader of Turtle Island but that’s what that means. It is an individual’s name, which is a spirit name that we carry on from our traditional culture and lineage in this part of the world. We were put here on this Turtle. This Turtle Island is massive.