A warrior practices everything. He relinquishes his pride, he lays down his efforts to orchestrate his life, he cleans up his habits, he lets go of attachments, he becomes increasingly mindful of his emotional states and of his connection to all things, and he takes responsibility for his thoughts, feelings, and actions (and nothing more than that).
A warrior allows life to express itself through him in whatever forms it might take. He uses his mind and his body in ways few people have the courage to. He meditates in every action. He neither seeks nor runs from pain or adversity; when it comes, he embraces it and uses it to purify his soul.
A warrior keeps death and his life's purposes in the forefront of his mind. He's genuine, authentically present, and open...to life, to God, and to those around him.
A warrior is infinitely happy; he's at peace with himself. He's frugal—yet exceptionally generous; he's a gentle and approachable soul—yet extremely dangerous.
A warrior enjoys the simple pleasures of his own company as well as that of others, he smiles at death and laughs at himself, and he does what he loves.
Above all else, a warrior is a beloved son and friend of the Most High God. He's also a slave—a humble slave—devoted not just to a great cause, but to all humanity, to God, and, at times, even to himself.
A warrior fights for what he believes in and, when required, lays his life down gladly in the defense of those beliefs.
Similar to "Radical Acceptance," I first compiled and memorized this arrangement in 2007. Even though some of the words, as well as its overall organization, are mine (sort of—see below), this piece draws from the collective thoughts and wisdom of hundreds of people: some who are still alive, some who aren't, some who've been published, and some who haven't. Given this, it would be nearly impossible for me to credit specifically all who've contributed to the thinking behind these words, especially when multiple people have said or written the exact same things: some as if what they said or wrote were completely new creations from their own abstract essences (which, except where Jesus is concerned, is entirely ridiculous); and some who recognized that, in their writing, they were only repackaging that which had been spoken of or written by countless souls long before them. In all humility, I find myself among the latter in all my writing. Given that all truth ultimately proceeds from the Mind of God, I wish to specifically acknowledge Him as the Originating Author of the truths contained in the above writings.
Regarding this particular piece, I still recite it by heart at least once daily. I hope you enjoy its messages.
Even though I use the gender specific "he" and "him" in this compilation, please know that these writings apply just as much to women as they do men. For my female readers, please feel free to change the pronouns from "he" and "him" to "she" and "her." In addition, please forgive any offense my choices in verbiage may have created. Thanks!
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