My husband and I were watching the fabulous TV show Longmire that is produced by, and appears on, the Arts & Entertainment Channel (A&E). Suffice it to say the show is about a throw-back man, a sheriff in Wyoming, who cares about doing things in a person-to-person way and making a difference in the lives of the broken people who cross his path. His world is gritty, realistic, and painful, but somehow spiritual.
Longmire’s best friend is a Native American named Henry who owns a bar in the show’s fictitious Absaroka County.
On last week’s show, Henry visited an ancient Native American woman who appeared to be a healer as well as a spiritual leader of her tribe.
Henry asked her a question, and, as is often the case with wise people, she answered his question with a question saying, “What did the First Warrior say to the Great Spirit?” The following was his answer.
For giving him this home,
The First Warrior told the Great Spirit
That he would fight and win many battles
In his honor.
But the Great Spirit said,
“No, do not fight for me.
Fight for your tribe,
Fight for the family born to you,
Fight for the brothers you find,
Fight for them,” the Great Spirit said,
“For they are your home.”
[text from Longmire, Episode 208 “The Great Spirit”]
~ Anna 7/23/2013