“So live your life that the fear death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, and 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 nothing, 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.”
~ Chief Techumseh
Be mindful this month of your beliefs. Have you developed any of your own beliefs about life, how to live life well? What do you believe about people, about yourself, about love and relationships? Your beliefs act as a guide for living your life out day by day. Without them, it’s easy to feel lost and be lost. Think about how you would respond to the Chief about your own beliefs for living.