Everything will work out … eventually
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
The other morning while talking with a friend, the universe gifted me with one of those cosmic zingers that come to you out of the blue.
In response to a situation my friend was relating I said, “Everything works out the way it’s supposed to … eventually,” then we both laughed.
How many times in life do we try to force our will into things that are better left alone? Or how often are we frustrated over the way things are going if they are not going “our” way?
People who know me are aware that I am not a very patient person. But I have learned over the years that some things take a long time to happen and getting frustrated because of that isn’t a healthy thing.
It took me almost a decade to figure out how best to approach and relate to the indigenous people whose ancestors lived where I do now. Then finally a breakthrough came.
In 1993, with the help of many people and lots of hard work, the United Ute Summit and Pow Wow Celebration came to our valley. The Southern Ute, Ute Mountain and Unitah Ouray Ute Tribes were “re-united in hope for the future after 118 years.”
There was such a good response to the celebration that it was decided to have the pow wow again in 1994. After much deliberation, as organizers we decided it would be better to throw our support behind the Council Tree Pow Wow in Delta, Colorado.
In a way it was a relief to be through with helping make a pow wow happen. But I also knew there was more work to be done as far as bringing the Ute People back to their homeland.
So over the next decade I worked quietly behind the scenes consulting with the three Ute Tribes as part of my job with the government. The Ute People, the Nuche, are very accommodating and patient with those who come to them with the right intentions and a desire to do what is appropriate.
Then something noteworthy began to occur. The people of Meeker, Colorado wanted to invite the Nuche back to their community and to work with them toward a common future of reconciliation and goodwill.
The reason this seemingly simple event is so important requires a lot more explanation than I have time for today. Read a little Colorado history and you will discover that the Nuche were forced out of Colorado at gunpoint in the late 1800’s and told not to ever come back to Meeker.
Though skeptical, I helped as best I could and in 2008 the first Smoking River Pow Wow was held in Meeker.
Then before I could find a reason to say “no” I was asked to help lead the pow wow effort in 2009.
With the pow wow only two months away I’m worried about being a few thousand short of our fund-raising goal.
Then I realize “Everything works out the way it’s supposed to … eventually.”
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