Learning From the Past
I grew up reading a lot of biographies. For me they were fascinating.
Somehow these books closed the gap between people who did great deeds and myself. Perhaps they made me realize we are all capable of more if, at certain moments, we make the right choices.
To that end you might read “Tecumseh – a life” by Sugden. A great take on the leader of the Shawnee nation in the early 1800s.
Here is a quote from Tecumseh that I have always held close.
“When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with 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.”
It is often said, but maybe not often enough, that we have one shot. Make the most of it and enjoy every second.