In day 2 of my 100 day blog posting I wrote about JEDI Work & The Warrior Archetype. In this blog post I shared about the three wonderful tools for JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion) work. Since then I have learned of one more.
Last week while walking in the morning with my cousin he said something that stopped me in my tracks. This wasn't the first time, he is a wise man. He said, in his favorite translation of the Tao Te Ching it states that when warriors have to enter war they should do it mournfully.
So I would like to amend my list:
I believe the warrior archetype has some wonderful tools for these conversations. I will list a couple below...
Warriors understand that there is a cost to the journey: They know that you can't get something new without giving up something old. They know that the cost is often steep. They know that they can lose and still be victorious and they can win and still lose greatly. They know that the journey itself requires a cost.
Warriors have a deep love and respect for the person on the other side: Warriors know that the other person loves and cares about their cause just as much as the warrior does theirs.
Warriors are willing to go in the mud and the dirt with you: Warriors understand that battles are messy, they require us to go places that we don't often go. They can require us to be brave and take on things that otherwise would seen unthinkable.
Warriors enter war mournfully. They understand that the only thing that really transforms anything is grief. Grief releases the old and makes room for the new.
The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
I'm so grateful to have learned this piece. I'm so grateful to have found wisdom in my very own family while welcoming the rising of the sun.