One of the most enjoyable movies I have seen in a while is Act of Valor. It is a salute to the US Special Forces and the “stars” are active-duty Navy Seals. This makes it unique and lends an incredible sense of reality to the movie taking the viewers deep into the secretive world in which they operate to combat terrorism.

In the movie one of the main characters writes a letter to his unborn son, part of which is the prayer written by the Shawnee Indian chief, Tecumseh. Given the circumstances of the movie it is a powerful and profound message – here it is:


“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.”


These words are both comforting and emboldening. To me the message is clear. Overcome your phobias and fears. Honour your friends and family, past and present. Show respect, courtesy and understanding to everyone you meet. Work hard on improving yourself. Serve others. Never be intimidated. Be thankful for what you have. Live a full life. Don’t fear failure. Have no regrets and try and leave a “dent” (in your own way).

Words to live by? I think so…

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