In my examination of the warrior virtues through interviewing over 100 of the finest protectors on earth, there is one virtue that is not at first an obvious necessity for a warrior to possess - yet it is absolutely crucial.
If you embrace this virtue, it will afford you a great many advantages in your daily and martial life. The virtue I am referring to is patience.
Why is patience so important? Patience protects you from making impetuous and rash decisions and from taking ill-advised actions. Patience allows you, as the protector of all that you deem personal, to more accurately examine what is worthy of attention and focus and what is not. It allows you to gather more intel.
Caution! There is a major misconception floating around about patience that you must destroy right now. Warriors know this myth (implicitly at least if not explicitly) and avoid it. The big myth is that patience is a PASSIVE thing - nothing could be further from the truth. All virtue is ACTIVE in nature - they are all verbs. TO BE patient is to possess patience. If you are not BEING patient, you lack the virtue. All virtue is only real if it is actually displayed and acted out in the arena of your daily life - if you never perform it and don't live it, then you are just a talker.
This myth of patience being passive is destroyed by the following verse from Holy Scripture: "With patience run to the fight set before us." - Hebrews 12:1
Run with patience? How does one "patiently run"? At first, this verse evoked odd images of a man trying to patiently and gingerly run a race. Later on however, the depth of this verse hit me - to be patiently running means to patiently act.
That runner can be sprinting as hard as he can and still be running patiently. Think about it.
How does this relate to your personal protection & safety? A warrior knows one thing about surviving a fight, not taking action will get you killed. You know this as well. Being passive, doing nothing, is what oftentimes costs you the fight. You need to patiently act.
Why patiently? Because focusing on patience allows you to keep a calm mind and disposition which is essential to being able to recognize, perceive and prevent threats. Calmness gives you clarity of perception (imagine looking into the pure blue ocean of the Caribbean when the water is still vs. when the water is very choppy). Calmness allows you to sense when there is movement.
Just as a spider can feel the movement of its prey in the web when the web is still and is suddenly tugged on by the captured prey, so is your mind more able to perceive movement when it is calm and something disturbs it. If you mind is constantly disturbed, how can you recognize where all the motions are coming from or which motions are distinct from one another?
Water, spiders and running all serve as powerful analogies of keeping yourself patient and calm which is essential to your self-protection.
Today, I challenge you to run patiently toward the fight that has been presented to you. Maybe your fight involves helping an elderly parent with Alzheimer's or taking care of a fussy child. Maybe your fight involves working the job you've worked for 20+ years and you are bored with it. Or perhaps your fight really is a physical fight for your life against another human being who seeks to remove you from this life. Whatever your fight, run patiently.
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