Archive | December, 2013

Peaceful Christmas

24 Dec
Peaceful Christmas

Merry Christmas, everyone!
I hope it’s filled with joy
But warriors are realistic
And know some annoy

Many waited until now
To get their shopping done
Recall my rhyme on consequences
It won’t be much fun

You’ve chosen to put it off ‘till
The very last minute
No complaining or frustrations
Or throwing a fit

Breathe real deep as you brave all
The madness at the mall
Accept the situation that
You create when you stall

Many will have family
Come by for Christmas feast
And if you never have parties
Your stress will be increased

Recognize you’ll fall to level
Of your training now
Of course you cannot handle it
When they all come for chow

You cannot have a get-together
Only once a year
And expect all day to feel
Peaceful, joyous and cheer

Everything won’t go exactly
As you’ve planned today
Let it go and just allow
Things to flow as they may

Keep in mind the reason for
All of our celebrations
For presents and for all your guests
Let go your expectations

It isn’t about you at all
This day’s for something more
This day’s your opportunity
To show that you adore

All your friends and family
And others on the Earth
This is how the warrior
Honors the Savior’s birth

A symbol of pure selflessness
An icon of pure love
Embodiment of acceptance
From the Lord up above

Remember that when something threatens
To disrupt your peace
On your Christmas day, all those
Annoyances release

And don’t forget to keep it up
On 26th as well
Let it be a launching pad
For training to propel

And if you keep it up for an
Entire year, you’ll see
How peaceful your next Christmas
Surely will happen to be

                                                 ~Merry Christmas, warriors!

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When faced with adversity

22 Dec

No Friends of Mine

21 Dec

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No Friends of Mine

“All or nothing” isn’t a
Mentality I use
“Shades of grey” is what I see
Instead of “black/white” views

No one’s perfect, people lie
They get mad and spout off
In instances where tact is needed
Some will laugh or scoff

It doesn’t make them bad people
I try to keep in mind
That there is also good in them
If I venture to find

But one thing I am adamant
About is Jesus Christ
My absolute demand for awe
And respect is high priced

Even for the ones who don’t
Believe He is divine
I still expect them to see how
In darkness He does shine

Even if they are themselves
An “all or nothing” type
That disregards the whole Bible
As made-up lies and tripe

I still expect them to see how
This long-haired, bearded Jew
Showed only grace and patience at
Everything haters threw

To mock a man who challenged all
To show love, courage, grace
Selflessness and empathy
In this cynical place

Shows me how that person does not
Think anything’s revered
They act as spoilers who try
To ruin all that’s cheered

Haters who see others who
Draw inspiration from
A shining light that says, “Let go”
They scoff and crack, “How dumb!”

I love my friends with all my heart
But those who mock my King
Reveal an ugly side to them
At grace, they simply fling

Disrespect and ignorance
While claiming, “He starts wars!”
But here’s a little, simple fact
The accuser ignores:

They’ve never met a single person
Who killed in the name
Of Jesus Christ or the Bible
Yet ALL must take the blame

The grace and courage is ignored
The patience for their hate
The tolerance that’s shown when most
Would rather be irate

To be a Warrior means to
Do things that are quite tough
And so to those who slag Jesus
Sadly I must rebuff

Because they are no friends of mine
They might as well insult
My mother or my wife or niece
It’s all the same result

They’re innocent and did nothing
To draw such scornful wrath
Same as Jesus Christ, so we
Must walk a different path

Goodbye, so long, it’s been a blast
Perhaps we’ll meet again
Hopefully you’ve gained respect
And empathy by then

                         ~Miro

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One Christmas

18 Dec

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Nurture Thyself

11 Dec

nur·ture: to care for and encourage the growth or development of. To encourage, promote, stimulate, develop, foster, cultivate, boost, contribute to, assist, help, abet, strengthen, fuel.

“Do you love yourself?” I often hear people ask. “You’ve got to love yourself!” And almost always, the answer I hear is, “Yes, I love myself!” This to me is a good example of how the great and powerful word “love” is overused and has lost its meaning. I think a more appropriate question would be, “Do you nurture yourself?” Because that’s what love is. It’s not just standing around with warm, fuzzy feelings floating around in your brain for someone else or for yourself. It’s making an effort, taking the time and doing the work to nurture.

After completing my 10 Day Juice Fast, I can say in complete honesty that I love myself more than I ever have. I know for sure because I feel the love and appreciation resonating throughout my body. It feels amazing and it’s letting me know. Regardless of what your belief system is, whether you believe that humans were created by a higher power or not, no one can deny that the body is a living organism, and all living organisms function “better” (for lack of a better word) when they are nurtured. I shake my head at people who claim to love themselves, yet they turn the organism they dwell in, their bodies, into addicts of nicotine, alcohol, sugar and grease. We can even include the mind, which can be nurtured with deep, creative works such as poignant, intelligent books, art and music, yet some people who claim to love themselves only feed their mind “junk food” like shallow, stupid or hostile creative works. They also feed themselves with “junk people” as I wrote about in a poem once.

The funny thing about humans is that they know the difference between what nurtures and what harms. They may not like to admit it, and they may be very good at lying to themselves about it, but deep down we’re all programmed with that inescapable conscience that knows what we’re doing is positive or negative. Strong or weak.

Do you love yourself? Of course you do! Everybody knows the right answer to that question! But here’s a tougher one: Do you nurture yourself? Think it over and have an honest heart-to-heart with your own body. It’ll tell you the truth.

Nurture Thyself

“Do you love yourself?” the question
Is so often asked
“Of course!” the answer’s said with a
Smile that expertly masks

A body that is not nurtured
It’s slow and brain is fogged
Black tar coating lungs and grease
Within arteries clogged

An irritated attitude
Frustrated and hostile
“Yes, I love myself!” some say
Despite all of the bile

That does reside within them, that
Love quickly turns to hate
When they don’t get their way, they grow
Offended and irate

And all because they’re weakened by
The lack of nurturing
The failure to treat their body
Like it’s a Queen or King

To love thyself means to encourage
Your own health and strength
To stimulate, develop, foster
Go to any length

To sacrifice in order to
Fuel love’s demanding fire
To not just say the concept but
To work, to do, perspire

And when the work is done, you won’t
Need to answer the question
Your glowing skin with pinkish hue
Will serve as your expression

Your wide awake and alert eyes
Will provide your reply
Your focused thinking, energy
Cheer and joy will reply

Love yourself? Of course you do!
Who’d admit they do not?
But do you nurture yourself? That
Will take a bit more thought

~Miro

Day 10!

10 Dec

It’s the final day of my 10 Day Juice Fast!

In addition to losing 10 pounds this week, I’ve also lost 2 dozen followers on my Facebook page. Very happy to see both of these forms of dead weight go! 🙂

There are people out there who are quite sick and tired of my constant Juice Fast updates, and probably think is has no part on a page calling itself “Warrior Poet Wisdom.” Unfortunately those people have missed the message I’ve been conveying right from the start here: one cannot only be a warrior in mind and spirit, they must be one in body as well.

The hang up for too many people is that they see someone else with a six pack of abs and go “I can’t do that!” So what? It’s not your duty to look as good as someone else’s potential. It’s your duty to look as good as YOUR potential. A warrior is not someone who has potential. A warrior is someone who is POTENT. There is no more “Slowly getting there! Getting better!” A warrior is THERE. A warrior doesn’t try to achieve someone else’s best, they achieve their OWN personal best and don’t measure themselves up against others.

Some have said to me, “But you don’t look like you need to lose any weight!” Compared to them, perhaps, but I don’t measure myself up against others. I knew I had a few extra pounds that weren’t doing me any good; only adding more pressure to my bad knees and making it harder to get out of bed in the morning. The extra weight had to go and I feel 1000% better now that it’s gone, no matter how much other people think I looked fine to begin with. The people who say “But you look fine” reveal a little about themselves right there. Looks have nothing to do with it.

Trust me, I’ve heard it all from overweight people. All of the excuses as to why they can’t lose the weight. I was one of them, and I spouted that horseshit myself for years until I showed some accountability, pointed a finger squarely into the mirror and said, “This is YOUR fault. Now YOU are going to fix it.”

Always remember that the mind cannot be strong unless the body is the strongest it can be. Don’t be discouraged if you’ve got some legitimate physical issues that keep you from being a professional athlete. Lord knows I’ve got a laundry list of them myself, but I refused to let those injuries, aches and pains keep me from being the best this body can potentially be. I have bad knees, a herniated disc in my neck and a severe shoulder injury that hurts ALL THE TIME, but I don’t let it keep me from being POTENT. I refuse to be another overweight victim of my circumstances, and I’ll never stop making an effort and trying harder than the average victim who gives up and says, “I can’t! It’s too uncomfortable!”

Stay potent,
~Miro

Warriors Among Us: Nelson Mandela.

8 Dec

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Warriors Among Us: Nelson Mandela.

Warriors are so because they don’t shrink back from the fire. They are young, old, sick, healthy, the apex of a cause or an engaged supporter. They are vocal and loud or quietly further an aim. They are among us, within many of us; and we honour them.

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