There is a legend among Native Americans concerning the two paths of life.
One path slopes gently down some low hills to the valley below. The legend says that this is a broad and easy path, but it leads into the desert where death waits.
The other path winds upward over a steep and rocky trail. It is filled with many difficulties, and only the strong can reach the heights of the mountain where the eagles soar.
Through this legend, Native parents teach their children that the easy way is not the best way. Strong character is built by facing the obstacles and overcoming them, instead of trying to avoid difficulties by seeking a life of ease.