Have you ever felt so tired that at the end of the day you’re just thankful to be alive?
We’ve had one of those days. Or maybe today is that day.
Demands will always be part of life. This world will always demand from us time, energy, labor, our emotions — taking away a big portion of ourselves. Sometimes we get to a point where we no longer recognize the person that we thought we are. So many things happen all at the same time. Change takes over too fast. The world shouts loud at us to move and be a ‘super’ being – one who will do every human task that comes along, believing that life is about doing it all. But as bearers of this life, we have a choice. A responsibility, even. We ought to realize that not all battles are to be won. We need to choose the demands that we let in; we need to face the fight that makes most sense. In other words, we go back to asking ourselves: why do I do the things I do?
Life’s complexities may blind us from the purpose of life’s work. We get obsessed with what’s out there that we lose sight of the core – the heartbeat – of what we do. We desperately veer away from the simplest and truest sense of what we do, thinking that the farther we get, the more we become successful. We want to become the person this world expects us to be instead of allowing the person that we are to positively affect the world we live in.
As one faces too many battles, he realizes that peace comes with defeat and that not all defeats are painful. Surrender is necessary to win the battle you are meant to fight. It is in surrendering that we regain focus of the mission we are called for. To give up some fight over the others is to face bravely the question that will bring us back to where we’ve started: why do I do what I do?
The demands of life are noise for a true warrior who acknowledges this question no matter how softly spoken from within. No matter how loud the noise gets, the warrior stays put. Still. Until slowly, he moves his feet. His steps are small, unassuming, defined. He knows his fight and he hears its heart. He finds peace in the battlefield because he knows the very essence of what he does and seeks to move his feet towards that.
A true warrior gets tired. Countless times. But the battle he wins is more than just a battle won.
It’s a mission accomplished. A purpose fulfilled. And nothing on Earth can compare to that.