The picture above is of a Claymore mine. This weapon has inscribed on it's face, a very powerful three word phrase which is one that is embraced by warriors all over the world. It is a phrase that I have embraced and use it to motivate me when I am faced with challenges. The phrase is simple, yet evokes imagery that is compelling and fueling. The acronym is F-T-E which stands for: Front Toward Enemy.
This is one of the Warrior Speaker's motto's. It is a quick phrase that can be said when one is feeling down, oppressed, or beaten. Remind yourself to keep your front toward your enemy. Warriors know that many times in battles, you will not feel "up to" fighting. The enemy however does not care that you feel this way. Who is the enemy? It can be an assailant who has broken into your home or it can be that alarm clock sounding off annoyingly at 5am for your workout. Whichever it is, you put your front to your enemy.
The majority of us in this country will never be faced with a serious deadly threat. Your enemy will appear in different forms besides that of a hooded attacker in a dark alley. Your enemy may be the sweet tooth you have that is costing you your health. It may be a challenging In-law you face every time you have a family get-together. It may be your job that you know deep down isn't what you were meant to do but you must do in order to pay the bills and keep food on the table. Whatever it is, you face it. You stand up and boldly face it. Like a warrior you face your enemy in whatever form it appears and you make sure that your enemy knows you will not give in; that here is no surrender in you.
And if in fact your enemy is a hooded attacker who means to do you harm, you face that enemy too. You place yourself between them and your family and you face the enemy with a firm look of immovability and resolution. For if you will not act, who will? If you will not face your enemies, who will face them for you? Do not be deceived into believing there will always be a superhero to come "save the day." The truth is, real life superheros exist in the form of people just like you. Men and women who boldly stand up and face real world enemies and problems; those are the superheros. You can be one of them, and it all starts with facing your enemy.
On this Warrior Wednesday, I challenge you to step outside your comfort zone and boldly face the enemies in your life. Your alarm clock, your sugar craving, your feelings of inadequacy, your dwindling finances; whatever the enemy may be. Know that you can choose to be a warrior and that you can conquer all those things. And it all starts by placing your front toward your enemy.
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.