Friday is date night in our household. I work until 6:30 and Mike picks me up. Tonight we went to see the movie "Act of Valor". We purchased the book and Mike read it last weekend. Yes it's one of THOSE books... (i.e. can't put it down.)
For the average bear the movie may not have the same punch to the soul. For this Navy household it had meaning.
At the end, it had a moving poem by Native American Shawnee Chief, Tecumseh. The poem moved me very deeply and so I had to find it and share it. I hope it encourages you, lifts your spirit and helps you to strive for the greatness that you were created for.
"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 filledwith 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
Here is a trailer from the movie. It is a very powerful movie.