Friday, December 5, 2008
The Warrior’s Counsel Fire
Come by the fire, young warrior, and sit with me a while. Your quest has begun in difficult and confusing times. What magic can we stir here in the fire to give you aid? Lean in little sister, little brother, and I will share with you secrets of the journey that were once shared at the warrior counsel fire of an old, wise man.
These are his words:
First and foremost, respect yourself.
This means to honour and care for yourself. You are a beautiful, intelligent human being. You are worthy of love. Walking within your own honour, respect and love has a better chance to keep the control of your life in your hands. You are worth too much to throw yourself away in violence, gangs, addictions, or any control but your own. Make heroic choices (even in the little ones) and be a champion. Be brave enough to meet yourself and issue the challenge.
Have respect for others. Your space ends where another person’s begins. Respect and honour their space as you would have them respect and honour yours. It is not your right to judge another…but it is your responsibility and perhaps a matter of your survival to judge the situation you find yourself in. Think…SHOULD I BE HERE?
Ideas put into words are your greatest tools, so learn words and how to use them. Talk about your feelings. Many of us keep the counsel fires going for you. If a situation arises that seems too big, think and talk, until you can begin to break it down into the small steps necessary to start tackling the problem. Be honest. Lies grow a life all their own and steal your control, your self-respect and your honour.
Before you do or say anything please think…WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? When you think ahead a few steps, you will be able to tell if there is something wrong with your plan before it’s too late. To talk or act without thinking is to offer your life, at no cost, to trouble.
Making the world a better place seems such an impossible task; the world is so big. But it IS possible, for a corner of the world touches each of us. A corner of the world is under the control of our every choice, every day…even when it doesn’t seem so.
The magic motion, my young friend, is from the inside, outward. Start by taking pride in yourself, for you are a unique gift to this world. No one can take that from you. Take care of your home, as it is your first movement, outward. Become involved with your community, sorely in need of your new ideas and help. Learn how to make our world move forward from where we are now by moving yourself forward in the same way; walking the true warrior’s path with honour, respect, humility and love. Achieve the quest.