November 14

lilod(NoCal/8)November 14, 2010

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.

Chief Tecumseh (Crouching Tiger) Shawnee Nation 1768-1813

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coconut_nj

Wonderful. Thank you Lilo.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2010 at 2:56AM
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anneliese_32(6)

A life's lesson in a few short paragraphs. Thank you Lilo.
I don't think anybody said it better.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2010 at 8:06AM
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mwoods

This is going in my Lilo file. No...on my desktop so I can read it frequently. How perfectly beautiful it is,like so many other things written and said by American Indians.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2010 at 9:33AM
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ejmoore510(7)

Wonderful quote!!

    Bookmark   November 14, 2010 at 9:37AM
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don_socal

Very good quote, thanks.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2010 at 10:36AM
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mawheel

This is a wonderful quote; so simple, yet so profound. Thanks for posting it.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2010 at 3:06PM
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west_gardener

Thanks for the quote. It's good. But what does this quote mean?

"Sing your death song and die like a hero going home." I have never heard of a "death song".

    Bookmark   November 14, 2010 at 8:44PM
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lilod(NoCal/8)

West Gardener, it's Native American metaphor, I believe it means your own personal chant, but on a deeper level, not a ritual or anything like that, not even vocalization - sometimes metaphors are hard to translate...

    Bookmark   November 14, 2010 at 10:36PM
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west_gardener

Thanks for explaining, lilod. I find it a very interesting concept.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2010 at 7:47PM
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