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It means shouldering responsibility and hardship for no other reason than it’s the right thing to do.  To accept your place in this realm of being the Yang counterbalance to Nature’s entropic Yen force.  

It means commitment to “other”, over and above one’s self.  That commitment might be to family, tribe, nation, or a higher power.  Preferably all.

It means striving for satisfaction (fulfilment) versus chasing happiness.  Or evading pain and sorrow.

From a bedrock of satisfaction, the fleeting feelings of happiness and sorrow will naturally come and go.  And from this bedrock, the tidal ebb and flow of these emotions are easily weathered. Just passing seasons; shifts in the breeze.  No chasing; no avoidance.

To be a warrior in the garden is to embrace and master every vile, heinous, and unimaginable act.  Accepting responsibility for unleashing that evil to counter greater evil; possessing the strength to keep it sheathed otherwise.  And being wise and virtuous enough to know the difference. Unmoved by temptation that would have you leverage that power for personal gain.  

These, too, are the qualities of the meek.  There is no virtue in weakness.  Virtue lay in the ability to reek hell and destruction, but effortlessly choosing to do otherwise.

The meeked warrior graciously accepts his role in “the garden”.  Butcher, baker, or candlestick maker. Chop wood; carry water. You are like a tiger lying in wait.  The calm before the storm.

And the hardest of all for the ego to accept is this: your time may never come.  Your resistance to the ticks and drips of entropy may seem small; meaningless. Know that this is but one realm of many.  Everything is preparation. Small tests along the path.

All this time
The Sun never says to the Earth,
“You owe me.”
What happens
With a love like that,
It lights the whole sky.

Daniel Ladinsky

Heal thyself, harden thyself, change the world –

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Keith Norris is a former standout athlete, a military vet, and an elite strength and conditioning expert with over 35 years of in-the-trenches experience. As a serial entrepreneur in the health and wellness space, he is an owner, co-founder and Chief Development Officer of the largest Paleo conference in the world, Paleo f(x) . As well, Keith is a partner in one of the most innovative lines of boutique training studios in the nation, Efficient Exercise. He’s also a partner in ARXFit training equipment, and a founding member of ID Life. In his spare time, he authors one of the top fitness blogs in the health and wellness sphere, Theory To Practice.


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