Live Your Life – Chief Tecumseh (Poem)

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 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
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  1. Almost Buddha like in its wisdom. I have actually been revived after suffering a cardiac arrest….every day is a gift. I am also a combat veteran, I so understand the warrior code of living life like a person who has purpose. I love the winter and snow but am disillusioned by snowflakes.
    See the joy in life. It would seem that those of us who grew up with nothing have a better grasp of life than those that want for nothing. Enjoy your life, be a good citizen.

  2. Polish author wrote an adventure series about Tecumseh and I read it several times in my youth.
    This poem only confirms he was as great man as the books pictured him.
    Very, very cool!

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