A Cherokee Legend
The following is said to be a legend of the Cherokee Indians. It’s about the Cherokee Indian Youth’s Rite of Passage. I did some searching, but but not confirm the validity of the following. But in the event it is not true, you will learn a good lesson from the story…
Cherokee Indian Youth's Rite of Passage
His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it.
He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night, he is a MAN. He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own.
The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him . Maybe even some human might do him harm. The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man!
Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold.
It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him. He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.
The Lesson: We, too, are never alone. Even when we don't know it, The Creator is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us. When trouble comes, All we have to do is reach out to Him.
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The doctor said, “Lose weight or make more friends!”
I asked, “Make more friends? What does that have to do with it?”
He replied, “Six pallbearers won’t be enough!”
It is wise not to seek a secret
and honest not to reveal it.
— Ben Franklin
Joke of the Day
We was out visiting Uncle Bobby in SW Virginia. There was a hog out there in a pen—with a wooden peg leg. And my brother said, "Uncle Bob, what in the world is that hog doin' with a wooden peg leg? Why has he got a peg leg?"
And the man said, "Sonny, that's the most wonderful hog in the world. My house was burning about a year ago, and that hog rescued the baby, got the baby out, saved its life. We love that hog, that hog's just like a member of our family. And a year before that, a little boy was drowning down at the baptizin' hole in the river, and that hog jumped in that river and grabbed him and rescued him. And that hog's like a member of my family. We love that hog!"
My brother said, "Yeah, but you still ain't told me why he's got a wooden peg leg."
And Uncle Bob said, "Sonny, you just don't eat a hog that wonderful but one ham at a time."