You Don’t Know Me, But Would You Take A Bullet For Me?

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.

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“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

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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.

19 thoughts on “You Don’t Know Me, But Would You Take A Bullet For Me?

  1. You are right in the light that we should all live our lives to the fullest, and be thankful for everyday. However, I think if we removed the Government aspect, there would be no wars, and no one would have to take a bullet for anyone else. It is sad that so much life is wasted for naught. The title “Act of Valor” in itself suggests that war should somehow be glorified. How tragic is that?

    • You are absolutely right ~ war is tragic albeit very much a realty. I will make a clarifying statement below but I do want to say that, in writing this, I was not looking at this from a government stand-point but from the point of view of these individuals who have made the choice to serve. I would love nothing more than to see world peace.

  2. I would like to make a clarifying statement here, in that, I am in no way trying to glorify war because there is nothing glorious about it. The movie and the Tecumseh quote just made me think about choices we make in life and how we live them out. The Tecumseh quote, to me, goes well beyond referring to war. I believe this is a statement that can be applied to almost anyone anywhere, it’s about living your day to day life in an “act of valor”, meaning do the right thing for yourself each day. I am in no way trying to start a debate on the subject of war because that, and government decisions, go well beyond my comprehension. The fact of the matter is that war is a reality at this time and I would never want to negate the fact and not give proper honor to those individual human beings who have made the choice to be out in the field.

  3. I love the quote. I was smiling at first thinking this definitely must have been Tom’s movie pick! I’m glad you were open to the subject matter and came away with such deep reflection. I will be sure to see it! I do think war is senseless and am sickened by all the money we spend on it~if only those billions could be poured into education in our country.

  4. I absolutely LOVED this post. Maybe I’m biased because my husband was in the Army and was medically retired due to an Army related injury, but that either way, this post was beautiful. Thank you for sharing it!

  5. My husband gets frustrated with me because I can’t sit through war movies – too too sad for me….I wouldn’t even go with him to see Saving Private Ryan. That being said, I think we can always learn from them, and your review was so compelling that I am tempted to get over my “fear of sorrow” and see Act of Valor. Your quote choice was a good one, and I understand what you were trying to say…..

    elisa

    • Good thing you didn’t see Saving Private Ryan, that was too realistic and gorey. The way they made Act of Valor, it’s almost as though you are walking right behind them and doing what they do. It definitely has it’s share of gore as well and I definitely shed some tears watching it but there is a very human quality to it.

  6. Awesome Post – The Tecumseh quote is powerful. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. I do want to go see the movie. On a somewhat lighter note – have you see the music video to Keith Urban’s song? Also quite powerful. Keith is a fantastic entertainer.
    Thank you.

  7. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I 100% agree with your sentiments regarding those putting their lives on the line for us. Years ago I watched Blackhawk Down and was moved the same way…

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