Warrior Rule #8

Keep your heart open. Hiding behind a shield weakens the spirit.

From childhood to adulthood we are taught that having an open heart makes you vulnerable to the cruelties life brings. So, it’s safer to keep it shielded from the arrows shot at it.

But no matter how you shield yourself, you will experience pain, suffering, and life challenges. The shield actually weakens your ability to sense danger if its near. On the flip side, it will promote distrust in fellow comrades.

We are meant to feel emotion.

The entire spectrum. So if we deny this out of fear that it will defeat us we condemn ourselves to sitting on the sidelines of the Great Mystery Game. We watch but refuse to participate because injury may come.

You are stronger than you think, and infact the more you trust your ability to handle whatever arrives on the battlefield, you will face it, and defeat it.

Each victory expands your power.

And as that power grows, the more confident you will be to take risks, challenge yourself in new ways, pursue the life you want – This moves you from being an inactive witness to the Great Mystery Game into the middle of it.

Once you learn to drop your shield, your liberated and can move confidently with an open heart.


Identify if you have a shield.

Have compassion for why its there. But be brave, set it down and have faith that no battle can defeat the power of an open heart.

Published by amiblackford

I'm a YA author-illustrator who loves character-drive stories with unique voices. I love writing stories that have something to say of value that my reader can take away and use in their own lives. I love to cook, dance, sing and spend time with my teenager and husband watching sci-fi and fantasy flicks.

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