Living

Live your life to the fullest, embracing each day
Let not the fear of death enter your heart
Trouble no one about their religion
Respect others in their own views,
But demand that they respect yours

Love your life, perfect your life,
Make everything in your life a thing of beauty,
Seek to make your life long and full,
And devote its purpose to the service of your people

Prepare your music in your heart and perfect it each day
Ever ready for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word and smile when passing a friend or stranger
And show respect to all people but grovel to none

When you arise in the morning give thanks for your blessings,
For the food, the air, and the sheer joy of living,
And if you see no reason for giving thanks,
The fault lies only in within yourself

Abuse and mistreat no one and no thing, never giving in to anger
For abuse turns a wise man into a fool, and robs your spirit of all vision,
And learn well the lesson of violence,
For no matter what the cause, or how just, violence only brings the same

When it comes your time to die, accept it as a part of life
Be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death,
Those that weep and pray for more time to live their lives in a different way,
Instead sing loud your life music and rejoice in your return home…

Steve ‘Easy’ Whitacre July 28, 2009

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