Have you ever noticed how you might be thinking about something, maybe even putting pen to paper to memorialize those thoughts, and then suddenly someone else says something that is exactly what was in your mind? As if they had reached inside your head and grabbed it.
Or maybe, you had just read something that really intrigued you and suddenly material on that same topic starts popping up everywhere? A friend recommends a book – same subject. You see an advertisement for a TV documentary – same subject. A billboard along the highway – same subject. A blog post from a friend mirrors that same subject.
Affirmations from the world around us. We’re on the same wavelength.
And none of this is related to some mainstream news cycle. Maybe it’s about showing gratitude. Or demonstrating generosity. Or learning to smile at the beauty that surrounds us.
This seems to happen all the time, if we’re paying attention, and it happened again just the other day when my blogging friend Searching for Grady posted to her blog. It’s a piece she calls, “Migratory Spirits” about the twelve virtues.
And it just so happens, I’m reading a book about the twelve virtues called, “The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living.” The author, Joseph M. Marshall III, dedicates a chapter to each virtue. Providing the Sioux word and pronunciation, and then telling some traditional stories to illustrate the concepts.
So we have:
Humility – Unsiiciyapi (un-shee-ee-cee-yah-pee) to be humble, modest, unpretentious;
Perseverance – Wowacintanka (wo-wah-chin-tan-gah) to persist, strive in spite of difficulties;
Respect – Wawoohola (wah-wo-o-ho-lah) to be considerate, to hold in high esteem;
Honor – Wayuonihan (wah-you-v-knee-han) to have integrity, an honest and upright character;
Love – Cantognake (chan-doe-gnan-key) to place and hold in one’s heart;
Sacrifice – Icicupi (ee-chee-chu-pee) to give of oneself, an offering;
Truth – Wowicake (wo-wee-jah-keh) that which is real, the way the world is;
Compassion – Waunsilapi (wah-un-shee-lah-pee) to care, to sympathize;
Bravery – Woohitike (wo-oh-hee-tee-keh) having or showing courage;
Fortitude – Cantewasake (can-te-wah-sha-keh) strength of heart and mind;
Generosity – Canteyuke (chan-te-you-keh) to give, to share, to have heart;
Wisdom – Woksape (wo-ksa-peh) to understand what is right and true, to use knowledge wisely.
Isn’t it amazing how these ideas seem to travel. I don’t think it’s solely because of the Internet or modern communications either. While we might look at these systems as being more dendrites in the collective nervous system, ideas seem to travel with or without exterior electronics. We are all connected. We may have just not realized how widespread collective thoughts manifest.
There are no coincidences.
I find it encouraging that at a time when there seems to be more division and hatred spreading like a cancer, that the twelve virtues have emerged. Perhaps as the antibodies to defeat such infections.
May the thoughts and the actions from the virtues gain lightspeed 🙂
Photo: The sun rises over a rock formation in the Badlands. A universal symbol. The sun rising, a new day, new beginnings, a fresh start, we’ve embarked on a new journey. These thoughts arise in everyone’s minds, synchronously, without the need to speak. Perhaps a look into another’s eyes, the nod of a head. Just knowing.