Love

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A warrior of light needs love.
Love and affection are as much a part of his nature as eating and drinking and a taste for the Good Fight. When the warrior watches a sunset and feels no joy, then something is wrong.
At this point, he stops fighting and goes in search of company, so that they can watch the setting sun together.
If he has difficulty in finding company, he asks himself: ‘Was I too afraid to approach someone? Did I receive affection and not even notice?’
A warrior of light makes use of solitude, but is not used by it.

Excerpt from The Warrior of Light – Paulo Coelho

Perseverence

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A warrior of light does not postpone making decisions.
He thinks a good deal before he acts; he considers his training, as well as his responsibilities and duties as a teacher. He tries to remain calm and to analyse each step as if it were of supreme importance.
However, as soon as he has made a decision, the warrior proceeds: he has no doubts about his chosen action nor does he change direction if circumstances turn out differently from how he had imagined them.
If his decision is correct, he will win the battle, even if it lasts longer than
expected. If his decision is wrong, he will be defeated and he will have to start all over again – only this time with more wisdom.
But once he has started, a warrior of light perseveres until the end.

Excerpt from The Warrior of Light – Paulo Coelho

Never Predictable

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A warrior of light is never predictable.
He might dance down the street on his way to work, gaze into the eyes of a
complete stranger and speak of love at first sight, or else defend an apparently absurd idea. Warriors of light allow themselves days like these.
He is not afraid to weep over ancient sorrows or to feel joy at new discoveries.
When he feels that the moment has arrived, he drops everything and goes off on some long-dreamed-of adventure. When he realizes that he can do no more, he abandons the fight, but never blames himself for having committed a few unexpected acts of folly.
A warrior does not spend his days trying to play the role that others have
chosen for him.

Excerpt from The Warrior of Light – Paulo Coelho

Scars

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The warrior of light remembers a passage from John Bunyan:
‘Although I have been through all that I have, I do not regret the many
hardships I met, because it was they who brought me to the place I wished to reach.
Now all I have is this sword and I give it to whomever wishes to continue his
pilgrimage. I carry with me the marks and scars of battles – they are the witnesses of
what I suffered and the rewards of what I conquered.
These are the beloved marks and scars that will open the gates of Paradise to
me. There was a time when I used to listen to tales of bravery. There was a time when
I lived only because I needed to live. But now I live because I am a warrior and
because I wish one day to be in the company of Him for whom I have fought so hard.’  – The Warrior of Light – Paulo Coelho

Friday the 13th

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Well today is Friday the 13th.  It has been the absolute loveliest day.  It has been exactly one week since I had the screws removed from my foot.  Today is the first day I have felt good about putting weight on my foot.  It is nice to know the recovery for this surgery shouldn’t be as long or drawn out.

So much for superstition.

 

Sep 12

Camino Santiago Inspiration

Last year I walked the Camino Santiago de Compostella. I started in Pamplona and was only able to walk to Cizur Menor.  If you are interested in reading the full story of my journey I wrote a blog while walking. This summer while I was in Spain I had the opportunity to not only go back to the place I spent my first night on the Camino but I was also able to interview a very nice pilgrim while I was there.

For me, the Camino was a very healing experience. It was quite honestly the best thing I have ever done for myself emotionally, physically, and spiritually. If you are curious why I walked the Camino read this.