To Hell and Back

Well, it has been about two months since I last wrote on this blog. I was going through my own hiatus and fighting my demons. I’m not totally recovered but I’m trying to think positive and staying calm. Patience is a virtue and focusing on the present helps to relieve the anxiety and depression. Although those bad memories keep popping into my head from time-to-time; there will always be there and I can’t do anything about it besides to control those thoughts/memories. It’s hard battling my own mind, its like two people living in one body. I have to say if it wasn’t for my family, I would be gone from this earth. Either off-grid or to dust, but I’m glad I choose to raise my fists, tuck in my chin and fight back. Yes, I’m back. Let’s do this!

 

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Warrior Part 3

Being a warrior is about showing up to the fight when every bone in your body tells you to run in the opposite direction. It’s about striving for greatness so that you know either the elation of high achievement and victory or the pain of defeat; but in any case, you can hold up your head proudly, knowing you showed up at the fight as opposed to running.

In his 1910 “Citizenship in Republic” speech, Theodore Roosevelt said,
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the area, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

     What defines you as a true warrior is your ability to face danger. That doesn’t mean you want to be a hero or that you’re some kind of a superman because I can tell you from personal experience that one of the most difficult things to do is to override the basic human instinct to protect yourself. You must have the discipline to counter your innate instinct for survival to then run toward the gunfire. It’s having that mentality that you’re going to put yourself into the fight, particularly if you are connected to those who are in the fight, to get in there and to help them, no matter what.