Quote of the week

Wilma Mankiller, first female chief of the Cherokee Nation, following husband Charlie Lee Soap’s revelation that she has terminal pancreatic cancer:

I want my family and friends to know that I am mentally and spiritually prepared for this journey; a journey that all human beings will take at one time or another. I learned a long time ago that I can’t control the challenges the Creator sends my way but I can control the way I think about them and deal with them.

On balance, I have been blessed with an extraordinarily rich and wonderful life, filled with incredible experiences. And I am grateful to have a support team composed of loving family and friends.

Mankiller, now sixty-four, was the deputy chief in 1985 when Ross Swimmer resigned as principal chief to join the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington; she won the tribal election in her own right in 1987, and was reelected in 1991.





2 comments

  1. fillyjonk »

    4 March 2010 · 8:23 am

    That’s strength and grace. I think I need to write out this quotation: “I learned a long time ago that I can’t control the challenges the Creator sends my way but I can control the way I think about them and deal with them.” and put it somewhere where I see it on a regular basis.

  2. Dick Stanley »

    4 March 2010 · 11:16 pm

    Lovely sentiment. I hope I can do as well when my time is near up.

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