A peleo-meal for your mind?
For the Warrior Athlete, it’s every bit as important (if not more) to make critical decisions on what you allow your mind to feed on, as it is what you put in your mouth. In fitness, I think that this principle is often forgotten.
The Warrior Ethos
Steven Pressfield writes about war. I first came to know of his work when a friend passed along a well worn copy of Gates of Fire, a masterfully told story of the battle of Thermopylae – which stands among only a few books that have made an indellible mark on me, and one that I recommend to anyone interested in glimpsing the way of the warrior.
In The Warrior Ethos, Pressfield takes Gates of Fire and strips away the shroud of Story – the time, the place, the characters, the conflict – and sets to defining the code of the warrior in a way that is understandable and transferable to any personal profession, situation, or struggle.
“The Warrior Ethos was written for our men and women in uniform, but its utility, I hope, will not be limited to the sphere of literal armed conflict.
We all fight wars – in our work, within our families, and abroad in the wider world.
Each of us struggles every day to define and defend our sense of purpose and integrity, to justify our existence on the planet and to understand, if only within our own hearts, who we are and what we believe in.”
Some of the most insightful works that I’ve read are short. The Warrior Ethos is among them. Short books concentrate the message and then let you fill in the story – Your Story. So that at the end of the book, which I read on a relatively short plane ride, you feel as if you’ve taken in an incredible volume of information and inspiration.
Wars Change, Warriors Don’t. Read The Warrior Ethos and give your mind a meal it will thank you for.