Rally … Rally! … RALLY!!

Definition of RALLY

  1. to muster for a common purpose
  2. to recall to order
  3. to arouse for action
  4. to rouse from depression or weakness
  5. to come together again to renew an effort
  6. to join in a common cause

This post is … definitely … more for me than it is for anyone else.  I am fighting another battle.  And this one is going to be a good fight.   

“I learned that courage is not the absence of fear but the triumph over it.  The brave man is not he who does not feels afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”  Nelson Mandela  / “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”  Margaret Thatcher / I was told I’d be out of my mind to go after my dreams…now that I’ve gotten out of my mind by following my heart…I’m living my dream. Brock Tully /  If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits.

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There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. Bruce Lee


The following is from the movie “The Last Legion”: Aurelius addressing his men prior to battle.

Aurelius:  “My friends, we’ve all seen many mornings like this one. Together we’ve watched the sun rise … not known if that day would be our last.  You men of the Ninth Legion, all of us, together we have fought all our lives for the Empire our ancestors created, and together we have watched that Empire crumble to dust

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… I can tell you that in the darkest moments, I came to believe that there was nothing left to fight for. But I’ve been shown, through the wisdom of others, that there is one more battle to be waged, against tyranny and the slaughter of innocents. Let us defend to the last breath this island of Brittania, against those who would tear out its heart and soul!  (For those) who come after us …  there is such a thing as a Roman soldier, with a Roman sword, and a Roman heart!”

From “Braveheart”:  William Wallace attempting to rally his fellow Scotsmen on the battlefield, facing off with an army from Britain at the Battle of

William Wallace:  And if this is your army, why does it (flee)?

Scotsmen: We didn’t come here to fight for them!  (We are going)

Home! The English are too many!

William Wallace: Sons of Scotland! I am William Wallace.

Scotsman:  William Wallace is seven feet tall!

William Wallace:  Yes, I’ve heard … ‘Kills men by the hundreds. And if HE were here, he’d consume the English with fireballs from his eyes, and bolts of lightning from his arse.

[Scottish army laughs]

William Wallace:I *am* William Wallace! And I see a whole army of my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny. You’ve come to fight as free men… and free men you are. What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight?

Scotsman: Fight? Against that? No! We will run. And we will live!

William Wallace: Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM!

William Wallace:  Alba gu bràth!

“Scotland forever!”

Alba gu bràth!

Alba gu bràth!

Alba gu bràth!

 

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Non-Pirate Wilderman On The Move!

I am on the move …  True,  countless times I have sat in me ship on a calm sea,  no wind to push the sails.  But, I am still, indeed, on the move.  Mornings have emerged from merciless and endless, nights; I have had no desire to step out of my night, into my light.  Such a struggle, a mistresses of depression?  

(Bombardment of Algiers by Lord Exmouth in August 1816, Thomas Luny /http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piracy)

An intimate preoccupation with sleep? It is a false intimacy.    On such mornings I am reluctant to look up, fearful that I may see the Jolly Roger flying from the topmast.  As of yet, no such flag has flown.  Which leads me to a decent question: what kind of a flag am I flying, up above the ship?

(Capture of the Pirate Blackbeard, 1718 depicting the battle between Blackbeard and Lt. Maynard in Ocracoke Bay.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Capture-of-Blackbeard.jpg)

When I am sailing across the Seven Seas (which I’ve never done before, but is sounds good), seafaring men and women always take note of what flag I am flying.  

And I hope that they see that I am a good man, not afraid to fight for what is good, what is noble, what is honorable.  I hope they see that I am not a pirate; for I am a non-pirate.  If you were to hang out with pirates like Blackbeard, Thomas Tew, Henry Every, William Kidd …   you might hear such perspectives as:

  • I’m a pirate. I’m my own captain.
  • A friend can betray you, but an enemy will always stay the same.
  • Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.
  • If ye can’t trust a pirate, ye damn well can’t trust a merchant either.
  • A pirate is for life, not just for Christmas.
  • Take what you can, give nothing back.

I am like a pirate in that I am a swashbuckling soul.  Adventure, which is at the core of “swashbuckling”, is profound: because adventure depends on what the adventure is about, and how the adventure is carried out.   Here are some contrasts, for me, when it comes to what a pirate is about, and what I am about:

  • A pirate, his own captain? That doesn’t work in a healthy marriage;
  • A “friend can betray you … an enemy will always stay the same”? I want to be a man who changes for the better … not stays the same; and friends? Yes, they will let you down; but you will let them down, as well;
  • “If ye can’t trust a pirate, ye damn well can’t trust a merchant either”?  Ahhh, the power of rationalization;
  • “A pirate is for life, not just for Christmas”?  It would get old living a life of violence, selfishness, greed, lying, thievery, doing the same thing over and over and over … always wondering who is going to betray you;
  • “Take what you can, give nothing back”? Bummer.  I guess that rules out being a good husband, a good father, and a good friend.

Yep.  Non-pirate.  That is the life for me!

Fears of Wildermen

Some men fear …

Not being known;

Being known;

Thus, some men desire to be known and …

at the same time … fear being known.

Men fear being ridiculed.

Men fear condescension.

Men fear isolation and … at the same time … desire isolation.

Men fear pain.

Men fear intimacy.

Men fear loss, and defeat; men fear being shamed; men fear being bullied; men fear being backed in a corner. Image below, from the movie “Braveheart” http://www.evanrichards.com.

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Men are called to deal with fear, with honor, with the right timing, the right strategy.
Image right, from the movie “Argo”, http://www.geckoandfly.com.  Men fear being betrayed.  Men fear their anger.  Men fear living … not dying. Men fear failure.  Men, at the same time do not fear failure.  Men fear insignificance. 

“Courage is not living without fear.  Courage is being scared to death and doing the right thing anyway.”  (Movie, “Argo”)