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Happy 2012!

Happy 2012! Best wishes to one and all.

Happy birthday to nickdcam, and happy early birthday to the_cornettist, milkybarbiatch, delwyncole, jpsorrow, gryphonrhi, brighteyed_jill, scribblerworks, mjolnir1964, altariel, pwilkinson, lukeski, seemag, heidi8, and thrihyrne.

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.)


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 1st, 2012 06:12 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year to you! And thanks for the birthday wishes!
Jan. 3rd, 2012 12:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! And happy early birthday! *hugs*
Jan. 1st, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
I love it!
Jan. 3rd, 2012 12:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad! Thanks.
Jan. 2nd, 2012 02:53 am (UTC)
Thank you for the birthday wishes!
Jan. 3rd, 2012 12:19 pm (UTC)
I hope you have a fantastic one!
Jan. 2nd, 2012 10:33 am (UTC)
May 2012 be full of joy and love for you, the hubby and Virginia! :)
Jan. 3rd, 2012 12:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, my friend! :)
Jan. 2nd, 2012 12:50 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year to you.

May 2012 bring you and yours health, peace and happiness.

That is a lovely quote - and one we all should remember.

Jan. 3rd, 2012 12:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! And to you, too!

I'm so glad you like it, too.

*hugs you and sends ear scratches to Lacey*
Jan. 3rd, 2012 01:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

I do, very much.

She thanks you.
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