tecumseh

Tecumseh

This week’s reflection really needs no words; a quote from Tecumseh who was a Native American and leader of the Shawnee.

“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
Trouble no one about his or her 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 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 to give thanks, the fault lies only within yourself.
Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of vision.”