Writing and the Warrior Spirit…unedited…


I’ve had an interesting experience over the past few days. A murder of crows moved into the area sometime last week. Over the course of the last two days, they’ve fought non-stop with other crows to set the boundaries of their kingdom.

Loud caws reverberated throughout the holler. Chunk sat on the porch and watched them battle. So, did I. The crows pecked each other with a ferocious bloodlust. Then, the rest of the community joined in. It was a bloodbath.

For all the cawing, pecking, and killing, I began to think about the warrior spirit.

Hollywood would have you believe some tall, handsome (or beautiful) warrior walks through the fog into the arena to liberate the oppressed. Or to rescue a damsel (male or female) from the clutches of the antagonist.

In truth, warriors are usually people with an indomitable spirit. They face their fear and saddle up anyway. I’ve had the pleasure to re-connect with friends from my time in the service. I served with many fine warriors during my day.

They knew the cost and went anyway. Life punched them into the ground. After they collected themselves, they stood up again and asked, “Is that all you got?”

I can’t paint a picture well enough for people to grasp what I’m trying to convey. The warrior spirit pushes past the limits and stands their ground. Come hell or high water, the warrior refuses to budge from what they hold true.

Because the warrior is the one who knows full well the cost of inept leadership, and the repercussions of choices made in the heat of anger. It’s the warrior who saddles up and goes to war, loses their friends, and comes home with a damaged soul.

And it is the warrior who damaged though they may be, who would go again if it kept someone else’s kid from suffering the damage they have suffered.

As a writer, I try to maintain the warrior mindset and spirit. Somedays, it’s easy to write. Words fall from the heavens and there seems to be no issues. Other days writing is a chore. It’s the ability to write during those times that helps a writer grow.

So, keep going. It’s okay to doubt yourself, it’s even okay to reassess. Just don’t quit.

Anyway, that was on my mind, I reckon. The crows have quieted, and Chunk’s sprawled out on the porch. I’m off to get into something.

Take care.

2 thoughts on “Writing and the Warrior Spirit…unedited…

  1. I absolutely LOVE this blog. Warriors are the parents looking after the kids when their spouses have left them/cheated on them. They are the healthcare workers who clean the bins and put fresh sheets on the bed for patients. Warriors are the friends who will envelop you in a big, warm hug after a long day and people who care for others without expecting anything back xx

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