“He might dance down the street on his way to work, gaze into the eyes of a complete stranger and speak of love at first sight, or defend an apparently absurd idea. Warriors of light allow themselves days like these.
He is not afraid to weep over ancient sorrows or feel joy at new discoveries. When he feels that the moment has arrived, he drops everything and goes off on some long-dreamed-of adventure. When he realises that he can do no more, he abandons the fight, but never blames himself for having committed a few unexpected acts of folly.
What is Creative Warriorship?
Some of the greatest warriors throughout history were also creatives. Miyamoto Musashi painted and wrote poetry, Yagyu Munenori was a master calligrapher. Countless other warriors were either creatives or expressed a deep appreciation for creative endeavors, being able to appreciate creativity in its many forms.
Creative Warriorship is not gender specific or even age specific. The spirit of a warrior resides within all of us. It is up to us to give it expression. This is a choice we make daily, moment to moment. As adults we occasionally lose sight of this and it requires introspection. Whether we sit and reveal our inner warrior or circumstances expose our inner warrior, the outcome is the same-we are all warriors.
Creative Warriorship is an expression of this. It is an acceptance and celebration of creativity in the context of being a warrior. Some of the greatest warriors never wielded a weapon, but rather a pen or the power of speech. Regardless of the method used, warriorship defines itself by integrity, honor, courage, discipline, perseverance, humility,ferocity, and love.
This is by no means a new idea, but it is an idea and ideal I have made my own. Each day I strive to live as a creative warrior in every facet of my life.
I invite you as a fellow creative to take on the challenge of being a creative warrior.