“The talking stick, also called a speaker’s staff, is an instrument of aboriginal democracy used by many tribes, especially those of indigenous Peoples of the Northwest Coast. The talking stick may be passed around a group or used only by leaders as a symbol of their authority and right to speak in public.
In a tribal council circle, a talking stick is passed around from member to member allowing only the person holding the stick to speak. This enables all those present at a council meeting to be heard, especially those who may be shy; consensus can force the stick to move along to assure that the “long winded” don’t dominate the discussion; and the person holding the stick may allow others to interject. Talking sticks have high ceremonial and spiritual value, and have proved to be exceedingly useful during current implementations.
Akan chiefs in Western Africa have a tradition of speaker’s staffs capped with gold-leafed finials. These emerged in the 19th century as a symbol of the holder’s power.” From Wikipedia
Had a great day catching up with two fellow Lymphies…. So much talking, so much excitement, speaking to others who can understand the ups and downs of living with Lymphoedema.. When I came home I had to chuckle as I thought what we needed was a “Talking stick” … That way only the one with the stick talks and the others wait their turn!!! Well of course we had so much to say and I have to admit to a bad habit of butting in when I have something I want to add!! We discussed compression garments, rolling tops, foot pieces, open toe, closed toe, grade, brands etc etc.. We laughed at my first compression garment that had lace on it, as if I could make it sexy!! We lifted our skirts and compared legs !!! We talked about treatments, surgeries, how our Lymphedema started, how it is now… We talked of hopes and fears. Mostly we laughed at the black humour our situation brings!! Yes we talked and talked….that is what has been the best thing for me since starting this blog, I am no longer alone with my Lymphoedema and that has made a huge difference. Today we met in Windsor as that was a central point we could all get to.. We will do this again and if any other Lymphies from Sydney and surrounding areas would like to join us then let me know… Yes the “Talking stick” will work its magic better than any therapy session!!
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