I thought that this was a fitting piece for the day of Thanksgiving. This one quote says much about the man, and yet this was also a man of war who tried hard to unite the Indian Nations together in his fight against the white man. You can see how torn he was in the stories about him and how he felt pushed to protect his home and family.
Living your life so that fear of death can never enter your heart is a tall order. It would mean looking at our thoughts, words, deeds, and actions through a light of always being the best person we can be, and forgiving ourselves when we fall short, and resolving to do better.
Trouble no one about their religion, respect others in their view and demand that they respect yours - if just this one sentence was followed by every living person, our world would have true peace.
Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people - this is what being a LemonadeMaker is all about. Living a life of purpose and helping others.
Devin Bent in Tecumseh: A Brief Biography, said of Tecumseh "It is difficult to feel greatness after a lapse of 200 years, but Tecumseh truly seems admirable. He was noble in his speech and behavior, adamant in his opposition to U.S. expansion, farsighted in his policies, brave in battle, yet merciful and protective toward captives."
A comment on my favorite part of the full quote and why I picked this one for Thanksgiving - "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" - giving thanks for the great meal we have on this day and for the joy of living, and if you should find yourself thinking that you have absolutely nothing to give thanks for, then you need to look hard at your life and turn it around.
Here is the full quote: "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. " Tecumseh