Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.

Trouble no one about his religion.

Respect others in their views 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 of service to your people.

Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place.

Show respect to all people, but grovel to none.

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life,for your strength.

Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.

If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.

• Tecumseh, Shawnee •

Take Seth Godin’s advice this year: start a new family tradition for Thanksgiving. And if you do not celebrate Thanksgiving, find a family occasion to give voice together with your loved ones, to these beautiful gratitude thoughts. You can download The Thanksgiving Reader HERE.

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