Quote from Wokini 

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.

-Billy Mills , Oglala Lakota (1938-)