Here is what’s on my mind…flow state channeled from a source unbeknownst, uninvited, always invasive, like a heavy weight bearing on my existence…A time will come when our communities will be in search of local leadership amongst the chaos, tragedy, and fog of war. At that time the warriors of humanity will shine like beacons, guiding their states to survival and to regroup. They alone will be willing to sacrifice for the greater good of humanity and the survival of a people and nation. Know your place and play your role as the show will go on…I just told my son and our friend Antonio last night after football practice that the first step to becoming a warrior is having a big heart. One must feel love, sadness, loneliness, pain, anger, and empathy with a passion in order to go great lengths and sacrifice in selfless service of others. A big heart isn’t a sign of weakness, rather it’s the mark of a soul destined to serve humanity, a true sign of a warrior. A Warrior of humanity isn’t a blood thirsty Marine wanting to kill everything in sight. It’s a soul with a purpose for protecting and preserving life at all costs. It’s not having courage in the absence of fear, but rather the courage to move into, through, and past fear.

~Chris Martinez

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