The classic Zen seeker is known as an unassuming, wandering fool, and that is how I view myself. Because the fool stumbles and falls, he becomes a sturdy trekker. He owns nothing, therefore he has no master. With no expectations placed upon him, he is free to follow his heart. Not claiming to know anything, he is open to all knowledge; and since he has no beliefs, he finds truth in the least likely of places.
What kind of fool I am might best be seen by who I am to others. My Elders tell me we are each given a special talent to develop for the purpose of serving our people. This is our lifepath, our reason for being. We are nothing by ourselves; rather, we are a manifestation of our people--a continuum that spans from the ancestors to the unborn.