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For the New Year

Happy 2011! Best wishes to one and all.

Happy birthday to nickdcam. May you have an excellent day and terrific year to come!

Each year I revisit this quote. I think it is worth repeating...


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.


- attributed to Tecumseh (1768?-1813), Shawnee Nation

(Note: The historian in me demanded that I add this footnote, just FYI. While researching and writing this I failed to find an adequate source for the above quote, so I suspect it has been enhanced and adjusted over the years, and might not even have originated with him at all. The sentiments, however, fit quite well with more verifiable statements and speeches made by Tecumseh.)

Comments

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belleferret
Jan. 1st, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year to you Amy!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 4th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! And to you, too!
nakeisha
Jan. 1st, 2011 01:13 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year to you too.

I hope it's a wonderful one for you and yours.

*Hugs*
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 4th, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! And to you, too!

*huge hugs*
wellinghall
Jan. 1st, 2011 02:30 pm (UTC)
And a Happy New Year to you!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 4th, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! And to you!
penguinkeggard
Jan. 1st, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
Hear, hear!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 4th, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
:)
the_cornettist
Jan. 1st, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
And a Happy New Year to you too :-)

I love your annual New Year's quote, even if it has been "tweaked" somewhere along the way. Thank you so much for seeing each new year in on such a positive note :-)
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 4th, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, my friend! I hope your new year and birthday both were wonderful! *hugs*
cookiefleck
Jan. 1st, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
Good words, although to be honest, when I die I hope it happens quickly enough that I won't have time to sing a noble death song. Maybe I need to write one with just one word... hmmmm... "Bye"? Hee. ;o)

Well, hopefully it's a good thing I am starting out 2011 on an irreverent note. Happy New Year!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 4th, 2011 02:31 pm (UTC)
LOL! Excellent point. And "Bye" as a parting word is much better than Monty Python's "Auuurrrrggghhh...!"

Happy new year!
coppervale
Jan. 1st, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
This is awesome.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 4th, 2011 02:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it. Thanks for reposting!
gryphonrhi
Jan. 1st, 2011 05:43 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year to you! And thank you, that's a great quote.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 4th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
To you, too! And thanks.
agameofthree
Jan. 1st, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
That's beautiful. Thanks for posting. Happy 2011!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 4th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! Happy 2011 to you, too.
peadarog
Jan. 1st, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
Nice sentiments, whatever their origin...
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 4th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
I agree. :)
ex_lbilover
Jan. 1st, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you repost that every year. It's full of wisdom. Happy New Year to you and your family!!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 4th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I agree. Happy 2011 to you and yours!
agentxpndble
Jan. 3rd, 2011 02:51 pm (UTC)
LOL! (footnotes=<3)
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 4th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
LOL! :)
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