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Words Of Wisdom

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.
  —  Chief Tecumseh (1768-1813 )
Shawnee Nation
[One of the blogs I follow is Command Performance Leadership.  The blog mentions the above “poem” as being read during the final scene of the movie “Act Of Valor” (which I have not yet seen).  (Click here for the link to the specific blog…)  Because I AM the nerd I am, I researched the poem a little to learn more before posting this blog.  In doing so, I found another interesting site titled: Wisdom Commons.  Enjoy!!
Finally, I believe from the moment of birth we each begin to sing our “death song“.  I only hope my own last notes are sung “like those of a hero going home.”  —  KMAB]
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The disease with which the human mind now labors is want of faith.
 

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson
from: “Essays
 

 

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