Friday, February 17, 2012
I hope you all will be patient as you read this very serious and long blog. I felt I had to pass this along to my spark friends as it applies so much to this journey we are all on together.
This week one of my nieces bought me the book based on the movie "Act of Valor" that they have been advertising on tv.
I finally sat down last night and started the book figuring on reading a couple chapters, I ended up finishing it around 4 am this morning. The book is extremely good, however, at the very end of the book are quotes from a Shawnee chief, Tecumseh. After reading it in the book I looked it up on the internet, in the book only some of the quote is included but it is a longer statement in its totality.
After reading it I started thinking about how we live our modern lives. I know that lately I haven't been living my life I have been existing. I also realized how I have become so tied up with things, errands and make busy to dos that I have forgotten to live my life in grace and gratitude. I don't stop and smell the roses or really listen to the wind and nature. That I don't really listen to others as much as half listen while multitasking and not really hearing what they are saying or feeling. Often backing away and closing up when the others' feelings or comments hit to close to home and require me to really stop and get serious.
I know after my cancers I did try to stop and smell the roses, that I tried to live each day in grace, joyfulness and gratitude. But as the years have gone by I have let that fall by the wayside and allowed myself and my life to get all wrapped in the make busy and rush world we live in now.
So starting today I am going to read or recite this quote from this very wise chief who died in early 1800's and who many at the time thought was nothing more than a savage and strive to bring grace, joy, and gratitude back in to my life.
I hope that you will find something in this quote that makes you want to go and move mountains or at least small hills. Something that you are touched by that you must share with others. And bring grace , joy and gratitude into your life.
"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 bow 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 nothing, 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 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.
After reading the entire quote, I was struck by how such a "simple savage" could speak so truthfully and eloquently about life that it still applies to this day around the world. And if he ever wondered or thought that his words would still be remembered today so long after his death and that a 21st century woman would get so much from his words that she felt she had to pass it on and that she would start living life joyfully, gratefully and with abundance of grace from this day forward.