Richard and I went on a date today to see the movie “Act of Valor.” We chose this movie because it is based on real stories and is in association with Tom Clancy who is known for excellent research. It’s rare we go see movies (thanks to my Brain Injury), but the ones we do go to are usually quite good with a message that stays with you.
We also chose this movie because Richard served in Vietnam, my Grandma was at Pearl Harbor, my Dad served in WWII (at Normandy and Japan) and his Dad served in WWI. My Grandparents married on Flag Day and by my nature I am such a grateful, patriotic soul, I usually cry when the National Anthem is played or sung.
I also have a heart for soldiers around the world who died fighting for their country because we are, as Maya Angelou says, “More alike than unalike.”
I have been thinking about a different poem/quote I wanted to share but having heard this for the first time in the movie, wanted to share it here now.
I dedicate this to all noble souls:
“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
Bow 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 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 Tecumseh