The 1-in-100 Warrior Award

11 Feb

“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 he will bring the others back.” ~Heraclitus

What exactly is a warrior? 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.

Guidelines for the 1-in-100 Warrior Award: Warriors are not motivated by awards or fame. They see awards not as an opportunity for the ego to rejoice, but rather an opportunity to honor other warrior brothers and sisters. To acknowledge and honor the rarity of the warrior, it is recommended that the recipient passes this award on to only *one* other blogger that they feel goes above and beyond to serve and inspire others, and who maintains their grace and positivity even in the face of difficult challenges, such as health issues, tragedy, injustice or loss.

Once an author is given the award, they may continue nominating one new blog author once a week, month, year… or whatever seems appropriate. It’s like a knight’s ability to bestow knighthood onto another whenever they choose. But only one at a time. The patience of a warrior is required.

My nomination for this week’s 1-in-100 Warrior Award is a person who has been inspiring me greatly for a while now because of the grace she chooses to display in the face of the challenges that have been dealt to her. And grace is always a choice, not a reaction. Bipolarmuse is a warrior through and through. Visit her blog. Read what she has endured, then read her posts. The theme of hope, faith and patience resonates throughout her writings. Yes, brothers and sisters, it is possible to be dealt a lousy hand and not simply wallow in your own misery every single day. Muse shows the courage, strength, grace and resolve of a warrior by taking her life back every damn day  by not complaining, but instead showing gratitude for what she has, and doing the absolute best with what she’s been given to work with. She’s 1-in-100, and we are lucky to have her:


11 Responses to “The 1-in-100 Warrior Award”

  1. bipolarmuse February 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    I am so very honored Miro that you think of me for such a beautiful award. You have been an inspiration to me and I am so happy that my strength and determination is noticed by others… to offer them the same hope that I have.
    ♥ I thank you my friend. This is such an honor.

    • Miro February 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

      My honor to give it. Keep fighting the good fight, sister.
      Peace & grace,

    • Cat Forsley February 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

      CONGRATS 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • Miro February 12, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

        Yes, she certainly does! 🙂
        Peace & grace,

      • Cat Forsley February 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm #


  2. Eden February 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    What a lovely post (and a very apt bestowing of a gift). I think you said it perfectly when you describe the warrior as you do. The warrior, not the fighter, not the veteran, not the blade… but the one who brings the others home without concern for accolades. With only the goal of doing what is right.

    • Miro February 12, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

      Thank you, Eden. Beautifully put!
      Peace & grace,

  3. Christy February 13, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    You share your wisdom with such grace, how kind of you to bestow your award to another blog you enjoy. Take care.

    • Miro February 13, 2012 at 11:12 am #

      Aww shucks, thanks Christy. 🙂 It’s my honor to shine what little spotlight I have one the people who inspire me right back.

  4. Julie Catherine February 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    Miro, what a wonderful choice in your gifting of this award of truth and honour – thank you so much also for leading me to such an incredible person as bipolarmuse; a real, 1 in a 100 warrior woman, and truly inspirational. ~ Julie 🙂

  5. granbee February 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    Miro, I feel exactly as you do about bipolarmuse ever since I discovered her blog. A true warrior, for sure!

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