This is Our Time – Idle No More

Poverty can strip you of pride and hope.

Infirmity can deprive you of basic dignity.

Heartbreak can empty out your soul.

Loss can can leave you broken.

These are the way stations of life. The stopping points that absolutely demand our attention. If we fail to notice, or to give our full presence, we can be gripped by the emotions, the dull ache of these things and they can become our lives, our children’s lives and theirs.

Or we can stop grinding it out and listen.

Your spirit is speaking. The world whispers. The wind softly breathes and all life speaks in quiet tones.

Quiet and firm.


Enough suffering, you’ve got the lesson. Maybe things won’t or can’t change, but you can. You’ve got the lesson, now transform.

Transform your vision, transform your heart. Transform your perception of the world around you and it will change. It must change.


Rise now, at last.

Wipe your tears. Remember your strength. Recover your smile and let laughter fly.


Raise your head for you are noble.

Give of yourself for you are abundant.

Lift others for you are strong. A strength that grows with responsibility shouldered.

Share your joy for you are immersed in the bubbling glee of the beautiful universe.

Too long have you walked in shadow and sorrow, in hopelessness, uselessness, and pain.

Accept it all!

And put everything in it’s proper place.

Be. Here. Now.

And Rise.

You have a purpose. You have a reason.

Find it.

It will change.

And you must find it again. Every day.

Every day is new and unknown and untold and amazing.

Just like you.

Speak your life into being and jump to action.

Serve, Serve, Serve.

Happiness is found in love and patience.

Learn. It’s the delight of the mind. And the mind wants to dance.

Into the wild! Away from screens and signals and noise and bustle!

Into the wild and renew, reconnect, and remember.

And Rise.

You have been Idle too long. Idle no more.

Hope was never naiveté, just as cynicism never was wisdom.

Your time, no matter your age, education, ability or circumstance…is Right. Now.

My prayer for you is that you stand.

And sometimes you’ll stand alone. But never truly alone.

If you are hnest, true, humble, loving, respectful, courageous and wise…all things will work to guide you.

So Rise. Rise at last.

It’s your time.

hiy hiy


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3 Replies to “This is Our Time – Idle No More”

  1. The hidden face of First Nations abuse
    The last few years has seen the development of an insidious and opportunistic range of software products designed to further destroy the First Nations.
    It has been legislated by various provinces that companies need to keep track of all the interactions between the First Nations peoples and big corporates. This is directly applicable to any environmental impacts and consequences that may be faced by the First Nations people as companies exploit land for oil and minerals.
    A number of opportunistic business men have jumped on this chance to make money out of this legislation without any thought as to its eventual consequence. They have developed the most one sided stakeholder tracking software yet devised.
    This opportunity is based on the development and implementation of software systems that track and record every single aspect of every single relationship between the company and the First Nations Peoples that they may have an effect on.
    The software records and stores every single aspect of the relationship including all communications. This then enables the company to produce as many reports and varieties of reports that they may desire on demand thereby attempting to comply with the legislation.
    Where lies the problem?
    • Big business controls all the data and can manipulate it as it desires
    • Big business decides what to record and how to record and what to omit
    • No relationship can be built under a microscope where every action is recorded based on big business interpretation
    • Even the strongest relationships will fail under the intense spotlight of a permanent record of every single thing that is said or done across a number of years.
    • Humanity is lost where relationships are broken down into tiny components of what was said or not said or implied.
    • No faith is built up where one party keeps all the records and is free to adjust, input and manage as it pleases.
    • Only the interests of big business is served with this software and in many instances no agreement is obtained from any First Nations People agreeing to its use (this is like recording your telephone conversation without your consent)
    • The First Nations people are not allowed any representation in the management or control or reproduction of the data.
    Anything that is said, implied, imagined to have been said, discussed or stated is up for scrutiny decades from now. This software is creating a strong and possibly legal foundation for further impoverishment of the First Nations peoples.
    This software defies the spirit of the legislation and the spirit of working with those First Nations Peoples that have the most to lose. Fight it! Stakeholder relationship tracking is wrong.

  2. I agree with what James Addy said about Stakeholder relationship tracking. The written word is still being used in a way that has resulted in unreasonable control and power over people.

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