Who and What is the Happy Warrior

The Happy Warrior is the title of a poem... and yes, I love this poem. I do not wish to be mischaracterized, for the most part poetry is not my bag. I am not an afficionado of literature nor am I a metro-sexual (I despise that term) but a dear friend introduced me to this masterpiece of prose several years ago... it has provided no end of inspiration. The Happy Warrior by William Wordsworth outlines the qualities of a magnificent soul. I aspire to possess even one or two characteristics that "every man in arms should wish to be."

This blog is a representation, in conversational form, of my voyage to wrap my arms around the world in which Mr. Worsdworth's warrior finds happiness.

(Standing disclaimer: Luckily tests of spelling accuracy ended in 4th grade otherwise I would still be in Elementary School. Be forewarned, spelling errors ahead. I subscribe to the wisdom of a great man who said, "I have utmost disdain for a man who can only spell a word one way." -Benjamin Franklin)

Monday, February 23, 2009

More Truths

I began this blog with a few posts where I shared truths I've gathered in the course of my years, my experience and my reading. It is past time for more. As always, your thoughts are welcome:

-We do not operate in this life without affecting someone else in everything we do.

-No one is born into this life with a guarantee. We are not assured 87 years or even 18 years. Knowing so much we are wise to treat each day as priceless and give God thanks that our time here, as has that of our spouse, children, parents and friends has been prolonged as much as it has.

-a sign of emotional and spiritual maturity is the recognition that pain is the primary catalyst of character and advancement. It is to stop running from it and to face it with nobility and purpose. A child fears pain, an adult In childhood we fear pain, but as we mature we view pain as the core curriculum to divine development.

-control and order are eternal principles (and as such have efficacy in this life as well, even for those who are undeviatingly athiest as well as for those systems or organizations that are secular). Control will be maintained either by internal or external forces. The form of control in which the individual is most free and ensures the highest degree of liberty is self-control. The less self-control exercised by individuals in a collective the more political, police and other authoritarian control will be required.

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