Chief Tecumseh (Poem from Act of Valor)

By: Williamsburg Military Insider

The movie Act of Valor at the end, has this amazing poem by Native American Shawnee Chief, Tecumseh. I wanted to share it with you all. As a Current Military Spouse it has a special place. It’s truly amazing and I hope that it inspires you to make this life count, to pursue noble undertakings, and live to the fullest  having used all your talents and have no regrets.

“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.”

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17 comments

  1. A marvelous set of great wisdom within thoughtful words ! Respect for the rights of others is one requisite for that peace that we all desire. No matter whether we are feeling fine or not,it is prudent that we carry a happy heart,after all,there are so many good things to be thankful for. If someone wrongs us,perhaps there is a reason and it is likely that all they need is sincere compassion, understanding and genuine love. It was refreshing and good to be reminded of this in the poem, O

  2. I saw the movie when it came out, still read this poem every day. I’m a retired navy guy use to love dinners at Williamsburg, the Terrace was one of my favorite.

  3. Thank you. I realize I am wasting a lot of my talents and hopes and dreams and I want to change. I read this when I feel weak and it help me stay on track. Best wishes to you and your husband, and I you and him for your service.

  4. Thank you and you and your husband have my sincerest thanks for all youve done for this country. This poem inspired me to live my life better and i hope that it will do so for others too.

  5. god bless and watch over all the guardians of this nation. So that those that sleep under the blanket of security that is provided for them shall never endure the hardship known by their protectors

  6. I found this poem, prior to Act of Valor, and had occasion to read it after spreading my Father’s ashes in the mountains where we spent much time together following his sudden death from Cancer last February. Hearing the poem again at the end of the movie, dug deep in my chest, and reminded me of how well it fit my Father’s life, much as it does many others who have served our great nation. IF we could all embrace these words, our country could return to the strength it once displayed in the days of our Fathers, and Grand Fathers, with much to be proud of once again!

  7. Thank you for sharing this I watch act of valor and loved the movie my favorite movie so far and I wish more people would live by this

  8. Reblogged this on Mrs. Money Talks and commented:

    I had not read this since I first posted back in 2012 to my Williamsburg Military Insider blog. Wow! Chief Tecumseh poem inspires me to Make this life count, and live to the fullest having used all my talents and have no regrets. Rereading the poem inspires me to ask what can I give, and not worry about what I don’t have. This life is short and to short not to live every day to your fullest potential.

  9. Reblogged this on Inside Military Spouse View on Real Estate in Williamsburg, VA and commented:

    I had not read this since I first posted back in 2012 to my Williamsburg Military Insider blog. Wow! Chief Tecumseh poem inspires me to Make this life count, and live to the fullest having used all my talents and have no regrets. Rereading the poem inspires me to ask what can I give, and not worry about what I don’t have. This life is short and to short not to live every day to your fullest potential.

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