When I saw the trailer for Act of Valor, I knew I had to watch the movie but when I finally got the movie, I didn’t watch it because one of my siblings kinda hinted that it was boring. A few days ago, I saw Kayode Johnson’s BBM private message (or was it on his facebook wall? I forget. These things have become a blur) and it had words from a poem in the movie. He told me this. So I decided to take the time to watch it and I was a little bored at the beginning, even slept off at some point but that doesn’t diminish the weight of the message they were passing across in the movie. Many have willfully given their lives in service of their God and their nation. Even in Nigeria.
I shed a tear at the end.
So these are the words of the poem. I hope you learn something from it and that your life is changed… somehow.
By the way, it kinda reminds me of Rudyard Kipling’s If.
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.
~ Chief Tecumseh (Poem from Act of Valor the Movie) ~