When your gut tells you to do something, listen. It was awkward to have this conversation that I’m referring to in this month’s Commander’s Coffee because there was no reason to say it, no relationship to call for it, and yet–it felt right. Trust yourself, take a risk, move what is in your heart and head to your mouth and perhaps that brief interaction holds the power to change.
Here is Chief Tecumseh’s full poem, for those interested:
“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 you life, protect 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 from 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 who 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.”
Navy SEAL Commander Rorke Denver