From the perspective of living as a Cherokee in a world full of life and daily opportunity, things run through my mind and my life becomes the Cherokee Feast Of Days!
“To stand alone does not mean there is no one else around. It means we are ‘u na tse li dv-u na to tiv hi’…(Cherokee for) we think for ourselves in an independent way, using our heads rather than our feet. We fit life to us instead of letting it press us into a mold that would not make us happy. Letting the world dictate to us is being one of the herd that runs-not because it is the right thing to do, but because we think everyone else is doing it, and so must we. Is it the right direction? Refusing to be swept along with every trend is cultivating our inner awareness of right and wrong. Awareness is there within us, but we have to hear it and heed it. That is why we were given intelligence-to stand alone so that we may have something to offer when someone else needs us.” Hifler.
“Too many misinterpretations have been made…too many misunderstandings…a man cannot live without vision and freedom…we could live longer without air and water, than to lose the spirit of either. When the Sun rises the Warrior knows the battle is on. Daily the battle is fear. The day brings us the opportunity to make it through the obstacles. Each of us have an enemy that could steal our day, and that is doubt. A warrior must face this doubt in each battle and the will to survive will be our courage. Will it be the same as yesterday, no. Will it be better-that remains to be seen, you will know when you face the battle.” Chief Joseph
Above all else know you are loved, and there is a residing presence that is always there, call it whatever your sacred word for it. That makes us all one, interconnected. Through that connection we are family-Human. Let’s show that in strong Team work.
I am an old warrior, I have my scars, and I have counted my losses, but I am stronger than ever and I am not running away, I am here for the distance. You can depend on me. When your faith is weak, walk with mine. When you get the chance, dance!
The day belongs to the Champion, why? Because he/she won the battle!
© 1990 Pa’Ris’Ha