For You/Act of Valor ~ Keith Urban
I have just seen the movie Act of Valor, (this is not a movie review just a reflection of my feelings after seeing this movie) which is supposed to be based on the real life accounts of, and stars, real life active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs. I am not usually into “war” movies but this movie was reflected from a more personalized stand-point ~ albeit it had plenty of blood and gore.
I’m not going to get into the politics of war, and if it’s right or wrong, because each of us has our own opinion and we are each entitled to it; but I was touched by this movie and the fact that these men (and women) prepare and are ready to give up their lives for our freedom. The courage it must take to do what they do is beyond me. I ask the question above “you don’t know me but would you take a bullet for me” because that is what these men and women do for each of us. Quite honestly, I would like to think I could, but I don’t know that I would have the courage to do that for you.
The movie hit home with me. I’ve never come across a saying or quote that articulates the very being of all my beliefs and how I try to live my life each day, but this quote (brought up in the movie) says it all for me and resonates at the core of who I am and how I hope to live my life each day.
“So live your life so the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their 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 stranger if in a lonely place. Show respect to all people, but grovel to none. When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself. Touch not the poisonous firewater that makes wise ones turn to fools and robs them of their visions. 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.” ~ Native American Leader Tecumseh
To me, this quote goes way beyond just war and can be applied to the way we all live our lives. The simplified message I personally take from this is be kind, don’t judge, live your life to the best of your ability, be grateful for all in your life and, therefore, when your time comes you will cross over with a full heart and no regrets. Live your life each day in an “act of valor” however it applies to you. This doesn’t mean you have to take a bullet for me ~ although God Bless the men and women who do ~ but take from this message what resonates for you and apply it to your life.