"Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself" - Chinese Proverb
The Chinese Proverb applies equally well today in the USA as it did back in Ancient China. Teachers can open the door and point the way all day long. Ultimately, the warrior knows that entering through that door is up to them. It is up to you. Have some teachers pointed the way for you and opened a door recently? Take it. Do not stare into the emptiness and say "What am I supposed to do with an open door? Can't you make the doorway move so that I do not have to?" No. The door may move but the doorway will not. You must cross the threshold.
The ultimate warrior secret to destroying ruts and sadness is to take action. What kind of action? Almost any action is better than inaction. Take action doing something productive. There is honor to be found in work. Our culture and country has forgotten it. Do not fear work. Fear the lack of work.
It is good to have teachers and coaches open doors and point the way for you. I have many coaches, mentors and am constantly learning. However, learning is not enough. You must apply what you learn. You must do something with it. You must cross the threshold of the doorway and move.
If you are sad, upset, discouraged, or downcast, do not be afraid. This makes you human. You are normal. All of us have fears. All of us are sad from time to time. Warriors take action and combat their sadness and fears. They do not wait for others to fight their battles for them and you shouldn't either.
The great motivational speaker Les Brown once said "There's no point in moaning and groaning about your problems. Half the people you tell don't care and the other half are glad you got 'em." Les was being humorous, but there is a certain truth to his statement. Most people will fall into one of those two categories: uncaring or glad that you have those problems and that they don't.
Warriors don't give other people a chance to fall into those categories, because they take action and crush their sadness. They smother it with action. Their sadness becomes so overwhelmed with action that it has no more room to breath.
Destroy your sadness by taking action. What action? Listen to your intuition. If your gut is telling you that you need to apologize for something to someone, go do it. Right now. If your gut is telling you to begin writing that book you've always wanted to write, start right now. If your gut is saying that you really need to get up off the couch and finish a long-neglected project, do it right now. Take action and crush your sadness beneath it.
Living in the battleground,
There is probably no one in the country who has not heard of the chaos currently happening in Ferguson, Missouri. I confess to knowing little about the case. I know that Officer Wilson is said to have shot and killed Michael Brown. I know that people have reported rioting, looting and all-out chaos erupting over the recent court decision. Regardless of what your opinion of the situation is, there is one angle you have not examined Ferguson from. It is one that warriors have considered and continue to ponder. The importance of living in the battleground.
You may have noticed that I sign all my blogs with "Live in the Battleground". Ferguson is a prime example as to why true warriors always live in the battleground. Chaos and violence can erupt at any time. Living in the battleground means that you are aware of this. All grounds are potential battle grounds. Afghanistan is not the only battleground, and employed Soldiers are not always the only combatants on the battlegrounds of life. Ferguson was turned into a real-life battleground with all manner of violence being done by citizen against citizen.
Urban areas are particularly susceptible to this type of chaos. If you live in such an area, take extra precaution to live in the battleground. The mindset is meant to remind the warrior to stay vigilant and to perpetually train and prepare for violence. If you over prepare, and never face violence, you are no worse for the wear. But if you fail to train, fail to prepare and do not mentally live in the battleground, violence is much more likely to devastate you.
Living in the battleground is a mindset warriors adopt in order to always remain aware. Awareness is the warrior's greatest friend and if you consider all grounds to be battlegrounds, you will stay aware.
This does not mean you are paranoid. It simply means you watch and observe. You pay attention. You look where and at things others wouldn't look at. You ask good questions and face reality by admitting your vulnerability. Living in the battleground promotes the actions of a vigilant warrior.
Ferguson is one of the ways violence can rear its ugly head. Mass rioting and looting. Vandalism and arson. Those who were prepared and who had the mindset of a warrior largely have survived unscathed. Some of those who were not prepared or those who were unaware have suffered at the hands of attackers. Which would you rather be? The prepared warrior, or the unprepared victim? Either way, you live on the battleground each day, the real question is, do you live IN it?
Live in the battleground,
The Warrior Speaker Blog is a collection of warrior lessons Alexander has learned in addition to practical information about protecting yourself and all that you deem most personal.