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Are You A Follower Or A Leader?



This is a question that I have been asked many times. I wondered since the time I was seven years of age, “Am I a good person that others will follow or am I the type that has to be shown what to do.


For years and years during my growing to manhood I was never the type of person who would take charge and get things done. As I reached pinnacle of my life I was told by an old wise man to take the lead in a situation. I seemed to make all the right choices and the people who depended on me were pleased with the results. After spending a lot of years teaching others the things that took many years for me to learn I got a sense of accomplishment.


Being a leader does not come without responsibilities, I spend a lot of time researching prior to giving an answer to questions I am asked. I was told by another wise man to ‘Chew The Bread’ before answering questions. This chewing process would take some time and I would have a lot of time to think about what my answer should be.


Thank You Yonv! Now that I have lived most of the life afforded me by our Creator, I feel that I have been a good leader and other Elders have told me this. I wish the best for all the people and I have no hostilities for those who have wronged me in one way or another, I just cast these things aside and they get lost in the wind as it were. Most people who are mistreated in one way or another seem to take it very personally and sometimes get sidetracked from the ‘Good Red Road’ and get lost in the sea of mankind never to be heard from or seen again. What a shame that some uneducated persons hurt others and do it on purpose.


As we enter this new year of 2009 it is my wish that everyone stop and review their lives and see if there is anything they can change to make others happy and take the lead by giving of themselves. You will find that there is more joy in giving then there is in receiving. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not a ‘Bible Thumper’ as some call it when you read the bible. It would not hurt anyone to look it over there is a load of knowledge contained within it’s pages. I ask the Creator to bless you all and to be patient when we fall short of being a good person. I have been blessed in so many ways and I want others to have this wonderful feeling. 


~Hawk With Seven Eyes.



Daniel Hawk With Seven Eyes Hoffman is a founding member of the Taylorville Black Horse Powwow, Inc,' a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization. He has given presentations at schools in Central Illinois area on the history, culture and religious beliefs of the Native American people for over 27 years. Hawk and members of his group present dance demonstrations for children who along with their teachers are invited to dance.  Hawk believes children are the future.  





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