“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.”
When I was little I remembered learning about Tecumseh. Growing up in Ohio, my father took me to a outdoor play based on Chief Tecumseh. I was impressed and I decided to learn more about him and why he is influential and respected in American culture.
I stumbled upon this poem again, and I love it. I don’t need much to say about it because everything is in this poem. How we are to live our life with dignity, respect, honor, and compassion is what this poem summarizes. Live your life based on these values so that when we pass away we have no regret.
There are a lot of these values that we Christians cherish as well.
Hey this is Rev. Brian Choi's random thought throughout my week. Most of this stuff, will probably be about family, church, fishing, music, movies, food, whatever I think of, hopefully it will have some sort of theological reflection (maybe).