An Implausible WarriorBy: Carmelo Grajales
Here I was, growing accustomed to using the public transportation, accompanied by my sense of dutiful obligations as a martial artist and something dawned on me. What an implausible warrior I had been. As a God fearing man and self imposed, protector of the innocent, my readiness/willingness level is usually a ten and I am dually aware how that might not amount to a whole lot, but one never knows. Contrastingly, what made this day different and everyday afterward, is prior to that day, I remember the anxious tension that came with this fusion of divine duty and my self imposed perspective. However, this particular question unlocked the cage to this guard dog mentality. How can I provide or keep something I myself have trouble attaining? To be a good steward of this “thing” shouldn’t I first secure it for myself. Further more, to provide it gratuitously to others, shouldn’t I have more than I need. What was the question referring to? It referred to peace. On that day, I secured an enormous level of peace for myself. Most everything was beautiful again and untainted by my insecurities. What wasn’t so beautiful, was even more vivid and uncloaked. The previous mindset made my limited skill set an enormous personal and public liability. The question is simple to all would be hero’s. How can you provide or keep the peace you yourself don’t possess? Don’t be an implausible warrior, whatever drove you to train in martial arts more often than none will have little to do with shaping you into the warrior you become. Like a taxi, it was just a vehicle to get you there. Possess first what you need to keep and acquire even more of what you desire to share with others.