“Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and (s)he will bring the others back.” ~Heraclitus
What exactly a warrior is. Someone who wears a suit of armor and swings a sword around? A participant in a war? Nothing more than a soldier?
If these are the thoughts that spring to mind, think deeper.
A warrior is more than weapons and armor. It is a way of life. It is the belief that the greatest purpose in life is service to others. It is grace amid frustration, peace amid turmoil, and strength amid weakness and misery. We most often use this word to describe the brave men and women who risk their lives in the military and law enforcement to ensure our freedom and safety, but warriors are actually all around us. They’re in factories. They’re in offices. They’re in schools. They’re in hospitals, both as doctors and nurses, and as patients.
Courage. Honesty. Fearlessness. Grace. Peace. Service to others. No complaints. Nothing thought of as a blessing or a curse; everything simply accepted as another challenge to be conquered.
They’re not perfect, and don’t try to be, because they know such aspirations are futile. But they do the absolute best they can with what they’ve been given. Warriors no longer have potential. They are potent! They understand that knowledge is knowing, but wisdom is doing. And they are a very rare breed: as Heraclitus once said, only one out of every one hundred is a true warrior. This award is named in honor of those words and that truth. The symbol of the sword is used to represent their courage and strength, and the symbol of the feather quill pen represents their grace, beauty and creativity.
It’s my honor to give the latest 1-in-100 Warrior award to Sara Wales of On The Brighter Side. Sara has been a supporter of Warrior Poet Wisdom since the beginning, and has been a constant source of inspiration, motivation and support. And she provides the same inspiration, motivation and support to countless other creative people. She goes the extra mile so often that she should buy stock in Nike! And she’s a wonderful example of what can happen when you make selflessness and effort a common, everyday habit. It becomes second nature to do the right thing, to be a beautiful, hopeful and loving person. Thank you Sara, you’re 1-in-100 and we are so lucky to have you: