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Happy 2013!

Happy birthday to nickdcam, and happy early birthday to the_cornettist, milkybarbiatch, delwyncole, jpsorrow, gryphonrhi, impishtubist, and called_daughter. May all of you enjoy many happy returns of the day!

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 extremely well with more verifiable statements and speeches made by Tecumseh.)

Comments

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whswhs
Jan. 1st, 2013 06:48 pm (UTC)
Some parts of that remind me of Aristotle's account of the megalopsychos or "great-souled man."
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
Oh wow - great connection! I see what you mean, now that you point it out.
reynardine
Jan. 1st, 2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
Very much love this quote!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad! I do, too.
chorale
Jan. 1st, 2013 07:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this. It's wise.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2013 06:52 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! I'm glad you like it, too. Wise is a great word for it.
impishtubist
Jan. 1st, 2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the birthday wishes! :)
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
I hope you had a great one! *hugs*
gryphonrhi
Jan. 1st, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you for both the quote and the birthday wishes!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! *hugs*
jan_u_wine
Jan. 1st, 2013 11:10 pm (UTC)
this is such a beautiful and positive thing that I stole it entirely and posted it to my f/b page. Happy New Year!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, awesome! It can't be repeated enough, I think. Thanks for passing it on!
i_llbedammned
Jan. 3rd, 2013 01:51 am (UTC)
This seems like a wonderful way to live life.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2013 06:52 pm (UTC)
I agree! :D
the_cornettist
Jan. 3rd, 2013 11:40 am (UTC)
Thank you very much :-D
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2013 06:53 pm (UTC)
*hugs*
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