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.
—Attributed to Chief Tecumseh, a Native American Shawnee warrior in Sourcebook of the World’s Religions, 3rd Edition, edited by Joel Beversluis (Novato: New World Library, 2000) page 49.
- How many Thank yous did you say since you opened your eyes this morning?
- For what are you grateful today?