Make Your Own Path, Be Your Own Hero
People living deeply have no fear of death – Anais Nin
Living your life so that fear of death can never enter your heart is a tall order. It would mean looking at your thoughts, words, deeds, and actions through a light of always being the best person you can be, and forgiving yourself when you fall short, and resolve to do better. I have always believed that at death we go on to the next great adventure. I have more of a regret that it might come too soon, because I have so many things yet to accomplish with my life.
Trouble no one about their religion, respect others in their view and demand that they respect yours – if just this one sentence was followed by every living person, our world would have true peace.
It is really interesting when you learn about other cultures, other religions, people with different languages. Words don’t always translate across from language to language. Even when you are raised in the same language, same country, same religion there are differences. Going from the north of the United States to the south can be a culture shock. Going from the country to the big city, can be a big culture shock. You tend to judge others when you don’t understand.
Your experience of life doesn’t have to create a barrier with someone who’s had a difference experience. Instead, if you can widen out your mind to try and truly understand another person’s experience of life, you gain their respect, and they gain yours.
One of the truest signs of maturity is the ability to disagree with someone while still remaining truthful – Dave Willis
Life is made up of the space between two dates and a dash. The day you were born and the day you die. Make the most of the dash. How sad it is, when someone dies who really never lived. They existed but were too afraid to fully live. Too afraid to take risks. Too afraid to succeed or to risk failing. Too afraid to try something new every day. Too afraid of feeling strongly about anything, to wring out every emotion in their life, and drink deeply of everything that life has to offer.
The true meaning of life lies in the dash of taking risks; trying and failing and trying again; contributing to the lives of others by living your life as an example of doing your best to live a life of meaning and purpose.
It is difficult to feel greatness after a lapse of 200 years, but Tecumseh truly seems admirable. He was noble in his speech and behavior, adamant in his opposition to U.S. expansion, farsighted in his policies, brave in battle, yet merciful and protective toward captives – Devin Bent in Tecumseh: A Brief Biography, said of Tecumseh
Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well – Voltaire