I believe a warrior is a champion of courage, and courage to me is the ability to confront and overcome fear, even when you are frightened.
A warrior understands negative energy can be fatal if you hold on to it. That is why a warrior must hold on to nothing.
The ego is an enemy to the warrior. The warrior knows that anytime the ego is forced to lead, get involved in decision making it taints and impairs the judgement because the ego can’t get out of its own way .A true warrior is aware he will incur difficulties and experience adversities because it comes with the territory. It is a test of his resolve and spirit.
How he or she responds to a crisis determines the level of strength and depth of their character. The moment a warrior begins to internalise problems will be the moment he loses his edge and sharpness. His responsibility in any crisis is to remain calm, stay focused ,centred, disciplined and be at one pointed mind because these qualities are what will carry him through the fire.
A true warrior is one who struggles and fights for what he believes in and he knows in the course and heat of any battle, casualties are inevitable. He accepts the possibility of his own death and those like him, as a natural result of war of struggle. He understands that being a warrior means making sacrifices and requires sturdy legs, a strong heart and strong mind to carry a heavy load.
I believe every human being has an inner warrior within them. This inner warriorism is played out in small ways, barely noticeable in everyday walks of life. It doesn’t necessarily begin with an individual performing some bold act or taking on a great feat. But it is the person who wakes up every day, who has the warrior's spirit to be present even when they are knocked down. A person who is true to him or herself even when it is unpopular. The person who faces the daily challenges of life even when there are set backs, that’s a warrior.
A warrior is a fighter, a warrior doesn’t seek accolades or applause for what he was born to do. He understands his mission and the final analysis what counts. His deeds and actions will speak for themselves and what he did to further the cause. He acts and moves without fanfare because he understands his role.
There is a Zen proverb that says “the obstacle is the path." A warrior knows this because his journey entails overcoming and managing obstacles throughout his life. So when a warrior departs this world he doesn’t seek to be elevated to sainthood or.
The greatest tribute paid to a warrior is to honour his memory, follow his example and learn from both his successes and mistakes because in the end what a warrior hopes is to make a difference .
Steve Champion (Adisa Kamara)
San Quentin Death Row
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