“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.
Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”
That is an amazing poem by Chief Tecumseh. This poem appears at the end of the movie Act of Valor and it is an incredibly touching moment in the movie when it is read. I love the meaning expressed in this poem. I love the message of living your life respecting and serving others and using your talents to their fullest extent while staying grateful for all you have. Most of all I like the message it shares of living your life in such a way that you don’t have to be afraid to die, but rather you can face death someday knowing that you did your very best with all that you had been given.
Live your life in such a way that when this life ends and you stand before God you can feel comfortable standing before Him knowing that he will be proud of who you are and what you did with the time you had here. I can think of no more noble goal than that one.
Have a great Thursday everyone!