Archive for September 19th, 2008

We did a high school program this past Tuesday, and three girls came up to thank us, and tell us how much they enjoyed our program.  When we asked them what they liked about it, one of them replied “I never really thought about how much you could change somebody’s life… that talking about somebody behind their back, or what we say about them could change their entire destiny!”

She was responding to our discussion of how easy it is to let go of our dreams.  You never know the effect you can have on someone’s life. You have the power to lift them up, or put them down. What if somebody had the destiny to be a doctor and could have saved someone’s life, but they were discouraged by somebody else saying they’re too stupid, or saying negative things behind their back? Our words are so powerful they can cut like a knife.

Someone once said Terri’s voice didn’t sound good, and she stopped singing for years. It wasn’t until she was lying in the hospital, paralyzed, that she chose to have the courage to sing out loud again. Every day she is grateful for that decision, and for all those who have supported and encouraged her throughout her life.

The Ute have a saying, “God gave us each a song”.  Let each of us find our song, and use our voices to raise each other up.

Gakina-awiiya (We Are All Related),

Chief Robert and Terri Lynn TallTree

“Teach us love, compassion and honor…that we may heal the Earth, and heal each other.”   – Ojibwe prayer

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