What does it mean to be a warrior? How do you live your life is such a way that reflects the warrior ethos? What does this look like on a day to day basis?
In the Part 1, I identified some characteristics of what I believe to be essential to living the warrior lifestyle. These are: Brotherhood, Sacrifice, Integrity, Faith, Discipline and Honor/Respect. Again, this is not an exhaustive list of characteristics but ones that I think are worth pursuing.
Brotherhood: Warriors do not fight alone, at least not ones who want to be victorious! In my life, I have surrounded myself with a group of friends who I know that I can count on when I am in need. They also know that they can count on me. I really think that many guys miss out on having solid relationships with other guys, either because they have difficulties in engaging in relationships or their character is such that others are wary of them. In order to experience this type of relationship is important to be a brother first. Find someone you connect with and begin investing in their life.
Sacrifice: A warrior treats people in such a way that others needs come before his own! This is contrary to what society often preaches that our own needs take precedence. There used to be a word for that, selfishness. What a warrior discovers is that his needs are not neglected but are met in meeting others needs. Fulfillment can be experienced when the focus is off self.
Integrity: When a warrior makes a commitment, he keeps it! In order for relationships to be solid and lasting, trust must be one of the foundations. When promises are not kept, trust is broken and the relationship suffers. A warrior takes time to contemplate the decisions he makes and endeavors to do everything in his power to follow through.
Faith: A warrior believes in something greater than himself! What is the purpose in fighting if you don’t fight for something you believe in? My faith as a Christian gives me purpose and informs my understanding of right and wrong. It gives me direction and hope, even if the midst of tragedy and defeat.
Discipline: A warrior values order above chaos! It’s one thing to live with spontaneity but chaos only brings grief and frustration not just to yourself but to those around you. People value those who can be counted on to provide a stabilizing in influence in their life. A warrior strives to be that kind of person. It is not something that comes natural to many of us, therefore it becomes a process by which we work towards removing chaos from our lives and replace it with discipline. Often there are things that are beyond our control, discipline allows us to move through those periods without succumbing to that chaos.
Honor & Respect: A warriors actions reflect his words! One of the things that really bother people is a person who says one thing and does the opposite. We call this hypocrisy. A warrior is someone who backs his words up with actions that prove he believes what he says. Honor & Respect are earned, not freely given. If we want to be respected we have to prove that we are worthy of that respect. Even those who may disagree with some or all of what we believe will at least show us respect if we practice what we preach.
Being a Warrior is about living in such a way as to have a positive impact in the world around you and the people you interact with everyday!