Living in fear is no way to live.
That’s how some people live their entire life.
For some, fear holds them back in some small way, or in many small ways. For others, it’s more obvious and they lead a fear-driven life.
But what if there was another way?
Imagine if you could live without fear. Imagine a life of self-expression where you live your life, and not the life that others expect for you. Imagine a life without regrets.
That’s the life Chief Tecumseh wrote about in his inspiring poem.
Live Your Life that the Fear of Death Can Never Enter Your Heart
Beautify all things in your life. According to Chief Tecumseh:
“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.”
Show Respect to All and Grovel to None
Stand up for yourself, and respect other people. According to Chief Tecumseh:
”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.”
Find the Joy and Be Grateful for What You’ve Got
An attitude of gratitude will see you through your days. According to Chief Tecumseh:
”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.”
Be Able to Sing Your Death Song Like a Hero Going Home
Don’t be wishing for more lives, more time, or do-overs. According to Chief Tecumseh:
”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.”
Live valiantly … the Tecumseh way.