Lying awake at 3 am, I feel buzzy tingles crawl up and down most of my left side. Though it’s uncomfortable and, certainly, not normal, my mind reassures me that it will be OK. Still, the warrior within wants to fight the onslaught of physical dysfunction- to, somehow, kick the shit out of it! Honestly, she wishes she could deny its presence, altogether.
But how does a warrior do that and still win the war? She doesn’t. Instead, she accepts the situation, aligns with it and uses the resources in front of her to create victory. Most importantly, she has to understand that some things are out of her control. This is an interruption to her- a moment to lay down her sword, but she finds a way to keep going.
By definition, a warrior is this: a person engaged or experienced in warfare; a person engaged in some struggle or conflict. That clearly defines human life in general. The key is, however, the word “engaged”. Being engaged in your life, no matter what it holds, is an act of war. Battles lie all around us. Each minute offers multiple choices, some of a grave importance. In this life, there is no real denial. Even if you choose not to think about your problems and conflicts, you feel them crawling up and down your existence. The warrior relies on these sensations of truth to guide her along.
Let’s face it, losing sucks! Moreover, it can deflate your confidence and leave you with brutal scars. That said, loss, in general, is also a prime source of life lessons that change your very being. I don’t win every battle I fight, especially in the health arena. Sometimes, I take 2 steps forward just to fall on my ass and slide down the hill (that really happened to me, BTW). NO WORRIES! I learn what doesn’t work and how to proceed the next time.
Being in a self-development field makes losing at anything that much harder. After all, coaches are perfect, right? Wrong! I think we can be more screwed up than most, depending on our stamina and fortitude! However, we can also choose to be warriors and learn from our lost battles.
One of the most important things you can have in any fight is balance. Yes, it’s that sure-footedness that takes some practice to achieve, especially if you’re on uneven ground. Illness and other types of challenges create this kind of terrain. And, you will fall if you don’t firmly plant yourself. In other words (less metaphoric) know your strengths and your limitations. Listen deeply to your spirit, mind, and body. Be aware of what can hurt you. If you do get hurt, care for your wounds on all levels. This goes for personal and business.
Be well, my rebelettes! Find the warrior within!