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Happy New Year!

Happy 2007! Best wishes to one and all.
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.

- Tecumseh (1768-1813), Shawnee Nation


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 1st, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you; and the same to you!
Jan. 2nd, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Jan. 1st, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
This is so strong and good. Thank you for giving this to us again!
Jan. 2nd, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your kind words! I'm glad you enjoy this as I do.
Jan. 1st, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you
thanks for sharing those quotes. they are perfect for the first day of a new year.

Thank you for sharing your time with me. It was wonderful to meet you in 2006 and I hope our friendship continues through 2007 as well!

Jan. 2nd, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you
I'm so glad you liked the quote! It was wonderful to meet you, too, and I look forward to getting to know you even better and visiting with you throughout the new year. Happy 2007, my friend!
Jan. 1st, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
I saw you had posted Tecumseh - which is as it should be and so now I know all is right with the world. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to make reading this on New Years a tradition! (((((((EH)))))))
Jan. 2nd, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
LOL! I am predictable, aren't I? Thank you for your kindness in sharing this tradition with me - this quote has a special place in my heart. (((Estellye)))
Jan. 2nd, 2007 01:24 am (UTC)
Thanks for the quote. It's lovely.

I live not far from the town of Tecumseh, MI. I'm glad he has a legacy like this.
Jan. 2nd, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome - I'm so glad you liked it!

I didn't realize you were so close to Tecumseh, MI. That's wonderful! Part of my family lives in Tecumseh, OK! Small world, isn't it? I'm working on writing a biography of him now, and these connections make it all the more special to me.
Jan. 2nd, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year to you too.

May 2007 bring peace, health and joy.

What a lovely and very moving quotation. I'm going to save this.
Jan. 2nd, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I wish the same to you. And I'm so glad you like the quotation - it has a very special place in my heart.
Jan. 2nd, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much.

I can quite understand why the quotation is special to you.
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