I think we all have heard this:
Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.
This phrase gained monumental popularity in the film The Godfather II, by the character Michael Corleone. Though, the origin is said to have been from Sun Tzu in The Art of War, an ancient chinese book on several warfare strategies.
Given that we are all at war with ourselves (that being mentally, emotionally, or physically), I thought reflecting on this was a perfect way for us soldiers to start the week– and maybe give us something different to think about..
Maybe you have never actually thought of this phrase as applicable to your life, and you may have never really understood it. But it’s actually pretty simple. Let’s think of your enemy as a real person. We keep our friends close by default, though, the idea of being close to an enemy is to collect vulnerabilities, understand their strategy against you, prepare, and defeat them.
But, the reality is that not all of our enemies are people. Most of us don’t actually have someone out to get us. Our personal wars are with mental illness, disease, diet, body image, and so much more. For some, waking up and getting ready to walk out the door is a preparation for war. What new battles are waiting for me today?
Sometimes making friends with your enemy/hardship can be the best and the right thing to do for yourself.
In short, recognizing that we have a problem and accepting it as a part of our lives is one of the hardest things anyone can go through, but doesn’t go without results. Making friends with our enemies, or even embracing pain, can possibly save our lives —and aid in our every day battles.
Thanks for reading and have a great week.