“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, 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 its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and Bow to none, When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the 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.”
What about me???... Well, I?m light and I?m dark, but the way I see it there?s got to be a positive and a negative charge; the trick is finding a healthy balance. My nature is deeply empathetic, compassionate and concerned. Normally, I?m fairly outgoing, but I can be reserved and somewhat shy. I wonder if being a listener gives people the impression that I?m a bit inscrutable. I have a stubborn streak and I hold onto my convictions tenaciously. In light of this, I am aware of this tendency and strive to communicate with grace. I love words for they wield so much power. Words can bring joy, instigate laughter, wound, comfort, enlighten? so many things. In order to prevent a hot topic from burning, it takes a great presence of mind to say words in just the right way. I am driven and ambitious. My work ethic is strong now. Deep inside me there?s a hunger that makes me search for activities with greater meaning. I'm analytical and I tend to live inside my head sometimes. I restlessly seek a broader understanding of myself, of others and the universe at large. Spontaneity is my strong suit. There are times when I feel more comfortable in the contemplation of an action rather than in its execution. I rarely act without profound discernment of all possible outcomes. I have a sentimental and sensitive nature which can be both a blessing and a curse. I treasure cleverness and intelligence. I am not very patient with shortsighted individuals or shallow minds. I like deep thinkers. I really enjoy verbal people who readily share; natural storytellers. I have a sarcastic sense of humor and I may laugh at your expense from time to time, so I hope that's okay. I can laugh at myself as well, and do it often. I do so usually when I realize I'm taking life a bit too seriously. I can test my loved ones now and then with my sense of independence. My ?I?ll do-it-myself? attitude often drives those who care about me crazy, but what can I say? I?m just a guy in the world trying to make my way with open eyes, an open mind and an open heart.