Everyone experiences struggles. But not everyone learns from struggles and is able to survive from them and recover. Being able to stand up again after multitudes of hardship and mistakes is a big thing.
As we all know, challenges can crush us mentally, physically, and emotionally. And it takes a lot of guts to be able to move forth from the things that refrain us from growth and to actually be able to grow.
I’ve always loved this quote, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” I think that it is really special because a lot of people give up when they could not get what they want or when they feel pain or they struggle.
But failure is always there lurking in the corner. We can’t always get things right and perfect the first try. We have to undergo the process of learning. Making mistakes is also natural and human but there are people who find it hard to accept that.
Also, there are times when we get used to success that it is difficult to recover from it, that once we fail, we treat it as a big deal and we feel as if we could no longer succeed again, as if we suddenly become some other person. We miss ourselves but there’s no way to go but forward.
It takes courage to realize that it takes a ton of errors to grow and that to learn, we must first have a taste of a variety of flavors, including bitter ones.
A spiritual warrior is someone who is not naturally born spiritually because there is no such thing but someone who chose to be shaped by his struggles. He is someone who has fears, gets hurt, experiences hardships, fails, makes mistakes but still chooses to go on with life anyway. He also has a positive outlook in life and encourages other people as well.
What Are The Qualities of a Spiritual Warrior?
A spiritual warrior is not born overnight. That is impossible. It takes a long process to learn and to reach the finish line. Being a spiritual warrior in itself is a process.
Actually, it is a lifelong process because somewhere along the way anyone can be lost. It is an internal battle that sometimes you lose against yourself in but you must still remain strong and embody the characteristics and the values you have learned to win the war.
What are the qualities that a person must possess to be considered a spiritual warrior? Or what are the values that one must learn to be a spiritual warrior?
Courage. It takes a lot of courage to be a spiritual warrior. Why? Because most of the time people are afraid to take risks. Most of the time people are afraid that they might get judged.
Most of the time people are afraid of the possible consequences of what they are about to do. And most of the time people are afraid to try again. But a spiritual warrior is not a quitter. A spiritual warrior is someone who has fears but decides to conquer them anyway.
As the saying goes, “If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.” A spiritual warrior has both small dreams and big dreams. He still takes risks because doing something he loves is what fuels him in life. It does not mean that he does not think of the possible consequences, but he decides to give life a chance and to try things out even if there is a huge probability for failure.
He will still hold on to that chance of success. It is difficult to put your fear aside, but to be a spiritual warrior, you have to take the leap even if the other side seems so far away and you are afraid of falling.
Discipline. A spiritual warrior is someone who is disciplined. He is not contented with just saying things or planning things but not doing them anyway. A spiritual warrior is someone who sticks to his values. When he puts his mind on something, he will actually do it.
There are a lot of people who lose themselves in the process. An example of this is when you work out. You would not get your desired body or appearance in one day. A lot of people stop after a week or so because they already expect results.
But that’s not the way life is. In life, the harder, smarter, and more continuously you work on something, the better the results. There will be times when you feel like you’ve done so much to no avail but you have to trust the process. A spiritual warrior also sticks to the goals he has to achieve the bigger objective.
Understanding. Understanding requires an open mind and not everyone is equipped with that. To know things is one thing but to actually understand them is another. Understanding things is a much more deeper and complex train of thought than just knowledge.
When you know something, you just know it as it is in its literal form. But to understand something is to be in depth with that thing and to see it in different points of view. A spiritual warrior is someone who understands himself, understands his environment, and understands people. He may not understand everything immediately, but he is willing to do just that.
Determination. Same with discipline, when it comes to determination, a spiritual warrior does not just use his head or just his heart. He uses them both. He is not just determined in mind, but in heart, body, and soul.
He knows that it is not easy, but he is willing to try and to do something about the situation at hand. He is also hardworking and is up for anything. He will not do anything and everything for the sake of his goal, but he will do anything that is reasonable and is good to attain it.
Wisdom. To have wisdom is to have a lot of experience for wisdom is cumulative. But to gain experience, you have to undergo a lot of trials and pain first. And you have to turn that pain into wisdom. You have to learn from the experience.
You have to gain something from it and no matter how ugly and difficult it is, you squeeze that experience into a pulp and gather its juices. And the juice, that’s your wisdom. I am not telling you to romanticize things. There are things that are ugly and no matter how you think of them, you can’t turn the negativity into positivity.
But you transform as a person in some way. If something wrong and bad was done to you, end the cycle by not doing the same thing to other people. If you made a mistake, correct it or try not do it again.
Faith. A lot of people do not have faith. You have to have a lot of that. It does not necessarily have to be faith in the Creator or God. It can be faith in the things you do, in your team, and especially in yourself. You have to have a lot of faith in yourself. How will you be able to beat all the obstacles and charge all monsters in life if you do not trust yourself?
You have to believe that you can in order for you to really be able to do it. You have to brave yourself and kill your doubts. No one can do it for yourself but yourself alone. If you don’t have faith in yourself, you’ll end up sulking in the corner and ending up with so many regrets. You’ll be stagnant because you’ll constantly question if you can do it. And you won’t know the answer unless you try.
Strength. Strength is also very important because to be strong is something cannot be taken away from you. To be strong does not necessarily mean physical strength. This is about emotional and mental stability, so that even if you are shaken, you will still choose to go on and continue.
This takes a long and hard process to master and it takes a lot of time but it is also a choice. As people grow older, they have to realize that there are things that they have to let go of and there are things that should not let get to them and it takes a lot of strength to do both those things.
Hope. Last is hope in which you have to find hope in darkness. Hope is the key to success. How is what enables us to stand up again even when we have been defeated for so many times.
Hope tells us to try again. Hope tells us that there is light at the end of the dark tunnel. It tells us that we may have failed already for a thousand times, we may fail for a thousand times more, but one day eventually we will succeed.
A spiritual warrior is someone who believes that struggles are temporary and that life is worth living because good memories are worth more than sad ones and everyone experiences hardships and if hardships do not occur in life, we would find it hard to find happiness and to appreciate the small things. Hope reminds us that it will all pass and someday we will be in a better place and we’ll love it there.
What Does it Take to be a Spiritual Warrior?
It actually takes more than these values to become a spiritual warrior. Indeed, it is a lifelong process. Indeed, it takes a lot of guts and experience and wisdom too. Being a spiritual warrior is walking a path in which you believe in a lot of things, you’ve learned so many values and you know them by heart and you apply them to your life in every way—in both good and bad times.
Being a spiritual warrior also means that you are constantly challenged but you are not afraid to tackle these challenges because you know that life is so much bigger than your problems and that YOU are bigger than your problems. You can do it!