E noho iho i ke opu weuweu, mai ho`oki`eki`e.
Remain among the clumps of grass and do not elevate yourself.
The Hawaiian proverb speaks to us to not get all big headed or puff-the-chest out, especially when we come across problems in our lives or have to tolerate other people’s mistakes, and personal opinions. A perfect example was in a recent article I came across talking about how a was outright rude and offensive to the Maori culture.
Akahai teaches us to be tolerant and not argumentative with everything that goes against your views and values. An individual’s thoughts about you doesn’t harm you unless you allow it to. Practicing Akahai, doesn’t allow that to happen.
I’m not saying there we should always let things go, sometimes a line is crossed and we have to have the strength to put our foot down. But the way we put our foot down and take a stand makes a big difference. It’s not about getting into a person’s face or creating an aggressive confrontation where nothing gets solved. Instead of creating more problems, you must create solutions. Don’t become the asshole.
Having a quiet strength, means you strive to improve bad situations, empower others, and inspire your world around you to become better. All of this can only happen if you can be Ku and practice Akahai, meaning not to be fearful to stand tall and strong and voice your opinion instead of spending your life getting walked all over. That’s not Ku.
Part of living the Ku life is cutting the fat that holds you back from performing to your full potential, and getting rid of all the toxicity in the world around you. Be doing those things, you become stronger and happier which allows you to make a positive impact on every aspect of your life and positively influence others.
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