In my youth I respected the world and life, I needed not anything but peace of heart  And yet I changed despite myself and believed in Iktumi's lies.  He seemed to know all the truth, he promised to make me happy.  He made me ask Wakantanka for wealth, that I might have power;  I was given poverty, that I might find my inner strength.  I asked for fame, so others would know me;  I was given obscurity, that I might know myself.  I asked for a person to love that I might never be alone,  I was given a life of a hermit, that I might learn to accept myself.  I asked for power, that I might achieve,  I was given weakness, that I might learn to obey.  I asked for health, that I might lead a long life.  I was given infirmity, that I might appreciate each minute.  I asked Mother Earth for strength, that I might have my way,  I was given weakness, that I might feel the need for Her.  I asked to live happily, that I might enjoy life,  I was given life, that I might live happily,  I received nothing I asked for, yet all my wishes came true.  Despite myself and Iktumi, my dreams were fulfilled,  I am richly blessed more than I ever hoped,  I thank-you, Wakantanka, for what you've given me.

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From author, spokesperson and Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills' book, "Wokini" (New Life)

Maybe some of what you have wished for (and more) will arrive one day - but by a long and winding road.

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