I stumbled upon this this morning and it really resonated. It reminds me that there is a purpose, a connectivity that we don’t always like or understand at first.
In my youth, I respected the world and life. I needed nothing but peace of heart.
And yet I changed despite myself and believed in the world’s lies. The world seemed to know all the truth, and promised to make me happy.
I me asked for wealth, that I might have power; I was given poverty, that I might find my inner strength.
I asked for fame so that others would know me. I was given obscurity, that I might know myself.
I asked for a person to love so 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 wayI 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 the what the world said I should be, my dreams were fulfilled. I am richly blessed more than I ever hoped.
Billy Mills, Oglala Lakota
Enjoy the day, the season, the gifts that we get despite what we ask for.