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OPINION | Continuing our ancestors’ legacy

IN life, we learn from our mistakes. We give ourselves a chance to excel in life or to survive and make a real difference in our lives and in our people’s lives.

We love our laws, we love our rules, we don’t win by cheating in what we want to attain or accomplish in our lives, in our goals and our dreams.

We all have a gift: to be good at what we love to do. It’s our passion that drives us to do good in our lives. It comes naturally, a God-given gift like our life purpose to do what’s required of us all. It’s like our ancestors’ teachings.

If I think about my great great grandma who was a traditional medicine woman and a natural healer herself, it makes me so proud today. My dad was also a well-known medicine man himself.

If you think about it, that is such a tall order and tough task for me to follow. I chose my own path which is to be a CNMI civics writer. It’s a calling for me personally to carry on my ancestors’ legacy forever, like my grandma or Dad.

Let’s not forget that my great great grandmother took in orphans to raise them as her own. I myself have a Chammoro mom in Tun Maria Bolis.

My Chamorro adopted mom was the real difference maker in my baby boy infant life that enabled me to live today, and it’s important that my Carolinian and Chamorro brothers and sisters know that.

My point is today most of us native islanders are facing real challenging times and if we don’t start caring for our own people we will lose our identity.

We cannot lose our identity or our humility and dignity that came from our beloved ancestors.

It’s our families’ core values: our customs and culture, and we must hold onto them today.

We must be mindful and respectful by looking out for our native islanders. We should not become so caught up with greed and selfishness that we end up neglecting our belief system and our traditional teachings.

Our moral actions, obligations and responsibilities to our native people include upholding our ancestors’ sacred teachings. We cannot be reckless or ignorant. We must always remember our ancestors’ core values and principles.

Today when countries are facing uncertainty all over the world we must take precautionary measures and steer clear from any complacency to survive.

In the cavemen days we never relied on any countries because we were unique navigators who were fit and healthy to take care of our journey and destiny.

We must use the tools and resources we have today so we can be more capable in producing more opportunities and real results for our entire Northern Mariana Islands.

While money is not in our culture we have to bear in mind to use it wisely and prudently to improve our community’s infrastructure today.

We need to place our brightest in their proper positions in our government to help advance our islands’ development through research, education, healthcare and hospitality.

Business-wise or investment-wise we must know how to increase our islands’ revenues and profits and how to be productive and resourceful so we can be more self-reliant and sustainable.

The notion that we cannot successfully define our true and respectable identity is unacceptable to our ancestors who didn’t have what we financially have now.

We cannot move in the right path if we keep breeding corruption. This notion that we cannot do what needs to be done is unacceptable.

We cannot become reckless on our own islands. We need to work together for the sake of our local government to reap the rewards we demand for our local people.

Let’s be honest to ourselves and let’s help our native people and local government so that we’ll have a moral and ethical government. We cannot keep squandering our liberty.

The lasting advice my dad told me was to be sincere and to be willing to sacrifice for my families. That defined our ancestors’ way of life as Pacific islanders and navigators.

In his honor and as a show of respect to my dad, I want natives to remember his time at DCCA as a public servant who delivered lunch to the elderly all over Saipan. That was my dad’s service.

We all are navigators and Pacific islanders with one sacred belief system.

The writer resides in Portland Oregon.