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What is a warrior
by Jake George
Friday, August 05, 2005
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My thoughts on what it is to be a Warrior

I am often asked “What is a Warrior,” and over the years I have pondered the question. Thinking back to talks with my Pop and other Elders. There is a misconception that a Warrior is a great fighter, brave in battle. A Warrior is that to be sure. But so are those who sit and wait, those who have overcome physical afflictions.

A Warrior is a state of mind, a state of spirit, not just a word written or spoken about. It is action, compassion, acceptance of what the Great Spirit has given us. It is how we look at life and react to what happens to us. A few years back I wrote the below poem when I thought about what a Warrior is. I am a Warrior. You see, we have free will. The Creator decides what to put in out path that is our life. It is what we choose to do with it that determines the outcome. Do we go left, right or straight. The path we choose has the trials and tribulations already laid upon its path. It has the hopes, pleasures, futures there for our choosing. Being a Warrior is living with the choice we have made and acceptance of it.

The Gift

The Great Spirit said, “I am going to give you a tremendous gift.”
“I hope I am worthy of this gift,” I replied.
The Great Spirit said he would inflict me with a disease.
“Disease as a gift?” I asked. I could not fathom illness as a gift.

“What you do with this gift depends on you,” he said.
“You can treat it as a curse, or accept it for what it is.
You can lament or make the best of it. It is up to you.
What you do and how you act will prove if you are a Warrior.”

He struck me with Polio and paralyzed my legs.
Doctor’s said I will never walk again.
But I did. I learned to walk and run.
I thank the Great Spirit every day.
He taught me that those without legs are worthy.

He struck me with Graves’ disease.
Life was pure hell for a few years.
Loss of memory, pain, and tremors,
But I got better.

I learned that by helping others with Graves’
I could help to heal myself.
I learned that helping others is a worthy cause.
I learned I had the strength to keep going
Even when I had no strength left.
I learned that as bad off as I felt there was another
Who was worse off than I who I could help.

I learned that instead of reaching for a helping hand
I had become the hand that was reached for.
Instead of being in the abyss I was on the edge
Helping others out of the void.

The Great Spirit said, “I will take your vision.”
My eyes bulged and pained.
Vision started to dim and colors were lost.
My eyes went askew and looked in different directions,
But I got better

Sixteen eye surgeries,
Much pain and discomfort,
Orbital Radiation on my eyes left me with cataracts,
But I got better.

I learned that even with no sight I was worthy.
I saw with my mind what my eyes could no longer.
I learned that by helping other’s with eye problems.
I helped myself.

I am a Warrior. I no longer look at a person the same.
I see what is inside them not the shell of the body.
Instead of seeing a person in a wheelchair
I see a person who was given a gift.

I see the Great Spirit gave them a gift too.
I admire their strength.
I admire their courage.
I admire their will.

I pay homage to a fellow Warrior as we pass by.
I thank the Great Spirit for these gifts.
Fore they made me the man I have become.

The Mystical Indian

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Reviewed by Valerie Ciolek 10/27/2011
Wow -- I think we've been granted with the gift of your wisdom and a lesson in humanity, just as comment below says.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 9/4/2010
Thank you for a lesson in humility. Patrick
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 9/1/2008
I believe that you are a great warrior also. The Great Spirit is wisdom, compassion and love.
Thank you for this beautiful telling of what a warrior is.
Peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Flying Fox Ted L Glines 5/4/2008

Perfectly expressed, Jake. We are not what we fight. We are the way we walk, being the bridge, not the abyss, being the hope, not the pride. Those who know - will understand.

Reviewed by Axilea MU 10/13/2007
Meaning and purpose are often forgotten in a hectic, modern, schizophrenic lifestyle.

Your poem shows us that within a different belief and culture, everything can be interpreted and lived in a different way.

Well done,

Reviewed by Heather White 7/31/2007
well written, well done...
Reviewed by Dale Clark 7/5/2007
So true, as I have been gifted with a disease
I did learn I was a warrior. It did a lot of
positive things for me in my life. Made me
a better person and I feel a warrior.
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 7/1/2007
YOU Spoke/wrote a WArrior with great depth. WArrior, NOT only a Word
is for certain! YOU must have it in your soul and endure much *( as you stated) The torture I went through, makes the Warrior I am today~ A Warrior is a Survivor with a BiG Heart for ALL~ YOU! are ONE by what you have endured! When it doesn't break you ~ it makes you stronger and Wiser! This is gem I will cherish, a treasure I will keep! Thank you for sharing your heart and Soul! so Openly!
WArmly, Warrior "Spirit" Lady Sheeeoox
STay POsitive!
God Bless!
To read my Warrior's LifeStory, *(when time allows) READ about #55 or so down, "MY Mom's Husband" and about #40 or so "The Name DAD Should be Love"
I honor your heart Warrior Jake~!
Reviewed by Southern Comfort 6/7/2007
So beautifully worded and expressed! It was a truly awesome reading experience and I gleaned a blessing from it. SC
Reviewed by Rene Remington 5/21/2007
To walk the warrior path one must face darkness as well as light. The warriors path is full of compassion for humanity. Thanks for sharing your pathway to the Great Spirit. I too walk the warrior path and I honor you as a fellow writer and warrior
Reviewed by Elizabeth Torres (Reader) 1/4/2007
Sometimes in life we get things that we dont want to accept at first, but if we decide to act smart on that we realize that thanks to what has happend to us has made us the way we are and we are lucky to have this because not everyone has the opportunity to fight against it, which ends up making us stronger inside.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 2/18/2006
The joy of sharing such a gift is indeed a blessing isn't it? In this past year I recieved new eyesight! I share all I know with anyone interested and like you have been given many gifts in my lifetime to share. I salute the warrior within you! Thank you for this uplifting reminder :-)
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/11/2006
You, Sir, are a Warrior of the highest grade. You refused to give into the disease and wallow in self pity. Very meaningful, uplifting poetry; bless you! I am saving this to refer to again and again.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 12/13/2005
I agree with your idea of what a warrior truly is. I'm enjoying reading your book 'Grandfather's Song'. The lady at the Blue Moon bookstore here in N.C. said she also ordered two for the shelf! Best of luck and I pray you are able to write many, many more books and short stories.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/6/2005
Thank you for this uplifting and awesome write of how Great Creator Spirit is, and how well those who know him can give inspiration to others, as you have done with this splendid poem! Yes you are a true warrior and one we all can learn from!

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 8/6/2005
You are definitely one of life's valiant warriors, Jake, and this is a marvelous poem.
Reviewed by Alexandre Arnau 8/5/2005
this was tremendously insightful, and expertly told. i'm often amazed how often people instantly equate "warrior" with "war". the true warrior commits to actions fearlessly, and with honorable passion; this includes acts of kindness and mercy, not just violence. this can be seen over and over agian in the warriors of all world cultures: the natives of america, the masai of africa, the samurai, the teutonic knights of europe, the maori of new zealand; the list is endless. all had the same aspects of warriordom in common: honesty, virtue, courage (not blind bravery), and compassion. it's a shame the term "warrior" is so misunderstood.

from a modern day follower of bushido.

with respects, alex
Reviewed by Arlyn Joy Angsioco (Reader) 8/5/2005
what is a warrior??...

he is someone that can understand others..
despite physical features..
he is someone who is compassionate..
someone that do not think how to be one..
Reviewed by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg 8/5/2005
you are an excellent warrior with an outstanding compassionate poem of wisdom...

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