Posted by: Michael Rickicki | 08/28/2019

Advice from a Soldier

I’m always fighting. I’m struggling and I’m scraping and kicking and clawing at those weaknesses—to change them. To stop them. Some days I win. But some days I don’t. But each and every day: I get back up and I move forward. With my fists clenched. Toward the battle. Toward the struggle. And I fight with everything I’ve got: To overcome those weaknesses and those shortfalls and those flaws as strive to be just a little bit better today.

-Jocko Willink

I never would have believed I would be looking to a soldier, a trained killer for insight into how to tame my unruly defilements but here I am. Without sila there can be no samadhi nor pañña so it’s time for me to get serious.


  1. Very surprised to see this here, but coincidentally I also find Jocko Willink very inspiring. I have been following his podcast for some time. The more I learn about Dhamma the more Dhamma I am finding in unexpected places. I sometimes remind myself that everything is Dhamma. Everything. I hope you understand. All the best!

    • Kind of surprised myself brother but it makes sense. The Lord Buddha was a khattiya, the warrior class, and was trained for warfare during his youth. That’s why we find so many martial metaphors in the Sutta Pitaka. Regardless, I find the no nonsense approach to go well with the fifth strategy in the Vitakasantana Sutta. Every good blessing to you!



      • It is a struggle sometimes. I just try to remind myself that the struggle is only in my head and that there is nothing really but Dhamma. Good luck my Friend! We are getting there. Slowly but surely. There is no other option!

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