We have too many men without a good role model.
Today, we grow up seeing whats on television
and wonder if that is where our future holds promise.
Fast cars, money, fancy clothes, loose women,
and the baggage that comes along with them:
car wrecks, bankruptcy, questionable loyalties of friends.
So where do we turn to find a positive example?
In the past, it was our fathers, uncles, and ‘grand-pa’.
But now, its the professional athlete,
the musical sensation, the actors and politicians,
the high profile people of business and religion.
And what do we get from these ‘replacements’?
Nothing of lasting value...
because the men these people represent today
will be much less than inspiring tomorrow.
However, the good men we grow up with
show us how to age gracefully,
apologize openly when making mistakes,
and how to learn wisdom from life.
They teach us something because they spend time with us,
more than we can ever acquire from those whom we ‘idolize’.
Thats why I respect our men who serve as Soldiers and Warriors.
They stand willingly, and never claim to be perfect,
but they are willing to serve where I dont stand anymore,
asking for little in return,
except that we recognize the sacrifice of those they served with.
“Those who stand for nothing will fall for anything.”
When these men are all gone, where will you stand?
Poems by Chief Tecumseh
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 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 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.
May we men find role models worthy of the title, “Mentor”.