Live Your Life


“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 bow 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 nothing,
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 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

These are words spoken over two hundred years ago yet they still fit in well into the situation the world has found itself today.

We all need to read, digest and follow these words in order to live a true and meaningful life as there is no other service as service to the people.

It is this same poem that was edited and incorporated into the movie, ‘Act Of Valor’.