Friendly "Warrior" suggests that there is some combat involved. Sticking to the metaphor, yes, indeed, there is a battle to be fought. A battle that has no end. It's the battle of life. To become the strongest version of ourselves. If we sat around and did nothing nothing would get accomplished. If we stuck to the same routines all day every day, nothing would change. We instead must fight for the betterment of ourselves, which in turn, leads to the betterment of the world.
Our natural tendencies are often not in line with what we know is best. We want to lounge around when there's chores to be done. We want to work really hard and make money so that we can retire at an early age and not have to work any longer. One of the greatest challenges facing us is the ability to exert control over ourselves. The control over our emotions, to be mindful and present, to sustain our hope and faith, and to do what we know is right. This battle has no end. Thus, we must be peaceful warriors, friendly warriors, cool, calm, collected warriors.
We must learn that there is no true enemy. The fight is not one of good versus evil, but the task of finding balance, which takes a cunning warrior with passion, strength, focus, and clear intention. We must constantly juggle our priorities, we must constantly re-evaluate our lives, we must constantly shift from states of hard work and pain to relaxation and pleasure. This is the unending battle, and we fight for what our hearts tell us is "right."
Ethan Small has been posting to Friendly Warrior since 2013 with his experiences and wisdom to inspire others to improve their quality of life.
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