Beware the warrior poet…~John Lovell, Owner and Founder of the Warrior Poet Society
I would add ‘or cowboy‘ to the quote above. The first three pages of this chapter recount my first birthday after Luka’s death and going up to the mountains to ride our horse that we had sold years earlier. I remember that day even now and how much I needed to be alone on a horse in the wilderness.
I still have those yearnings today. A lot of time now it is on my mountain bike but it gives me time to clear my head, let my spirit settle and allow God to speak.
Taking a deep breath, I stuck my booted foot in the stirrup, grabbed the horn, and hoisted myself into the saddle. I heard the creak of the leather beneath me as I settled down into the saddle, and slid my other foot into the stirrup.
Chapter 22, page 188, Cowboys Are Not Supposed to Cry
I have always considered myself a cowboy…
And you know, cowboys (men and boys) are not supposed to cry, right? That is what I grew up believing. This is the lie I have had too continually renounce over my life, even to this day. God gives grace freely and it is our decision to accept it and believe it.
They are lovers and they are fighters. They are warrior poets.~John Lovell, Owner and Founder of the Warrior Poet Society
Finding the Warrior Poet Society online and through social media has helped me to be a better man. My emotions are not a weakness, for real men are called to be protectors. To do that we must accept and nurture both the warrior and poet inside each of us. I stood by Luka’s side as she died, helping her to breath easier until her last. Now I am standing in the gap for my wife, my daughter, and others who God has seen fit to bless my life with, even sometimes total strangers.
I am choosing to believe in the grace of God, although sometimes still it is a daily struggle. I am learning that my belief in the lie is false and can be changed, and it starts with asking for forgiveness and repenting. The path I have walked has not been easy and many of the unanswered questions lay silent for now. Life is to be lived and I am happy.
My grief is a way of loving what was, what is, and what still can be. And maybe, just maybe, I am beginning to believe that it is okay for cowboys and warrior poets to cry.
Chapter 22, page 192, Cowboys Are Not Supposed to Cry
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Read my thoughts on previous chapters of my memoir, links below.
Part 1 – Reconciling the Past
- Revisiting Chapter 1 – Out of the Sun
- Revisiting Chapter 2 – A Far Better Place
- Revisiting Chapter 3 – Walking Away
- Revisiting Chapter 4 – Still Miles to Walk
- Revisiting Chapter 5 – Death is Only the Beginning
- Revisiting Chapter 6 – To Love What’s Leaving
- Revisiting Chapter 7 – I Am the One Dying
- Revisiting Chapter 8 – The Lingering Ambiguity
Part 2 – Embracing the Present
- Revisiting Chapter 9 – Wearing Masks- “Who Are We Really?”
- Revisiting Chapter 10 – A Different Trajectory
- Revisiting Chapter 11 – Not Wanting to Be Alive
- Revisiting Chapter 12 – Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Other Triggers
- Revisiting Chapter 13 – We Choose the Scars We Will Carry
- Revisiting Chapter 14 – As the World Moves On
Part 3 – Redeeming the Future
- Revisiting Chapter 15 -The Judgment of a Bad Man
- Revisiting Chapter 16 – Holding Space to Dream Big
- Revisiting Chapter 17 – Physical Beauty and Emotional Scars
- Revisiting Chapter 18 – Death Feeds Life, Children
- Revisiting Chapter 19 – Wrecked on Schedule
- Revisiting Chapter 20 – Trust and Granting Permission
- Revisiting Chapter 21 – You Never Told Me about This
Now, saddle up! The adventure that is your Life After awaits!