The Gifted Warrior

As gifted adults, many of us do a great job at hiding our true identities. We’ve learned over many years that who we are doesn’t often fit with so much of the rest of the world, so we’ve determined by default that the best course of action is to keep it secret.

And it’s not so much a matter of choice as it is a matter of survival.

Now I don’t mean that we intentionally try to deceive people.  It’s not that at all.  It’s just that when we try to talk to other people with the depth and and breadth and intensity in which we experience the world, for the most part they just don’t get it.  They smile politely, make a comment as best they can, and then move on to a conversation with someone less strange.

So over time we stop sharing.  And we stop challenging ourselves.  And we get stuck.

But therein lies the secret.

We can’t stop the challenge.  We have to keep moving forward and doing things that are important to us, even if no one else cares about them.

And if what we choose to do doesn’t work the first time, we have to do it again, and again, until we conquer our fears and satisfy ourselves, and be all that we were meant to be.

A Warrior of the Light knows that certain moments repeat themselves.

He often finds himself faced by the same problems and situations, and seeing these difficult situations return, he grows depressed, thinking that he is incapable of making any progress in life.

“I’ve been through all this before,” he says to his heart.

“Yes, you have been through all this before,” replies his heart. “But you have never been beyond it.”

Then the Warrior realizes that these repeated experiences have but one aim: to teach him what he does not want to learn.

~ Paulo Coelho

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