Elder’s Wisdom: Phil Lane Sr.

WORDS OF WISDOM-Phil Lane Sr.

 "Phil Lane, Sr. was my Uncle and my Mentor, who guided my path. As a young man, he filled the Pipes for the old, old Lakota medicine men. I think what Uncle Phil Senior says here is vital to the story, as this is what he taught me in our time together."~~ Looking Back Woman (Read What Others Say About Phil Lane, Sr. )

ONLY WORDS

"The heart is always in search of happiness. Nothing makes one feel lonelier nor more helpless than no one to appreciate one's being and efforts to make the home a haven from life's daily problems. I charge you to hold one another gently but fIrmly. The
strength, courage and love united in one union can withstand the bitter storms that may be faced in one's journey.

There is nothing so satisfying as to toil for someone you love or someone by whom you are loved.
Press on mitakuyepi, there is no time to waste!"

TRIBUTE TO INDIAN HONOR

"Our people love to honor people. We are a race of people who believes in honor. We know honor stimulates people. The man honored his wife and the wife honored her husband. And they lived in such beauty . They had a devotion which individually and
collectively we all need if we're going to make this a better world to live in."

TRIBUTE TO THE OLD PEOPLE

"There were prophecies I remember, as a boy~ saying we're going to go through some bitter, bitter times. We're going to shed some tears. But the time would come when we begin to see the light again. When spring would start coming again. Think of
all the potential that you have. Think of the contributions you all can make. Think of the love in your hearts that you can share with
other people. Be quick to forgive people (if they can hurt you in some way). Be like the old people…"
Winds of Change Winter 1992

MITAKUYEPI – WOPILA

In our old Lakota viewpoint on life, with all of its aspects of the human heart, our old elders could see that everything that has life tries to be round with a very holy center. The center wherein resided our beautiful old grandmothers and grandfathers. Together they extended out to all who could hear their voices, their love, their encouragement, their gratitude, their understanding, their compassion always softened by their actions and words of their forgiveness.
HO, MATO GI, HE MIYELO,
November 2001