The Every-Day Warrior

I am reading “The Warrior Ethos” by Stephen Pressfield. When I read this paragraph, the hook was set.

“We all fight wars—in our work, within our families and abroad in the wider world. Each of us struggles every day to define and defend our sense of purpose and integrity, to justify our existence on the planet and to understand, if only within our own hearts, who we are and what we believe in.”
Steven Pressfield, The Warrior Ethos      

We wage battle with our Traumas each day, individually and, to a broader extent, collectively.  Often we are dragged from our sleep by inner skirmishes that invade and dominate our emotions, rile the inner snipers, and hold our bodies hostage to our histories.  Often we are ambushed by an unseen enemy from within and for the untrained, unconditioned warrior, there is no safety.  We hide, isolate, avoid known landmines, and shield ourselves with alcohol, other drugs, spending, raging, sex, gambling, risk taking.  At least, for a moment, the terror dissolves and we can attach ourselves to a sense of safety.  Even in the full knowledge that it’s all temporary.

The work of the Every-Day Warrior ™ is unfinished.  Each day, we enjoin our minds, our spirits, and our bodies to engage in the work that will prepare ourselves to engage in a new battle.  The battle for dignity, adulthood, pride, and peace.

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