I see myself a warrior after many, many years fighting the good fight. Growing, learning, changing. It may sound like the journey we all go on, but it is not. It is clear, the majority will settle.
Settle for their "lot in life". I've heard more than one person say; "It's just too hard." Too hard to discipline their children who end up floundering through life. It's too hard to go to school, then end up living hand to mouth all their lives. Too hard to quit drinking, smoking, drugging, eating. . .then end up in either a nursing home or an early grave.
My whole life has consisted of much struggle, which I'm sure is common to all. The difference is in facing each one, attempting to, or succeeding at changing the character defects I posess. Looking in the mirror and challenging myself to be better, think better, live better, treat other people better has not been easy.
Growing and changing in a positive and meaningful way is difficult, often humiliating and always painful. It is a matter of remaining on your toes at all times.
I worked as a registered dental assistant in California for over 8 years. One thing I learned is; our teeth move. Especially following braces. Once your braces come off, you have to wear a retainer for quite a while to give the bone time to fill in and solidify the new configuration. If this step is skipped, your teeth will migrate right back to where they started.
Getting strong and staying strong requires constant attention to retention. Retaining your position to do or not do certain things, think certain things, feel certain ways. This takes dilligence and practice. It doesn't happen over night and doesn't stick until you've held it there for several years.
Being a warrior is a way of life, not just a title. It takes courage everyday to step up and do the right thing, in the face of fear and self doubt. It takes getting up after a fall, over and over if necessary. It takes tenacity, hard work, honesty to yourself above all.
I'm not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. I've got miles to go. The truth is, "I'm not what I want to be, BUT thank God I'm not what I used to be." Joyce Meyer
Fantasizing the freedom to fail and try again, to grow into all God created me to be, realizing it's a journey.