Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Words of Wisdom

Motivational quotes, motivational facebook posts, motivational blogs and the like are all the rage these days.

It seems to me that most people fall into one of two camps:

- Love them
- Hate them

Special Note: The most puzzling people are the ones that: on one hand joke about or knock others' consumption of motivational content while, on the other hand, are actually writing it, and/or (more often) regurgita... ahemm.. quoting it...

Nevermind those folks... where was I? Oh, yes... I am in the camp that enjoys motivational writing, photography, videos... you name it. I like to keep my motivational motor humming, and if you've got something for me to read or look at that stokes the fire then bring it on!

Assuming (based on our content) that most of our readers fall into the same category, I offer you a favourite of mine that I was reminded of at the movies tonight:

Words of Wisdom by 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.
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.

~MJ

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