The Warrior’s Feat- Source of Inspiration and the Ripple Effect

“Always follow your principles, even if it means running against the tide. Fight for what you believe is right, even though it may not be popular. The path of least resistance is the easy path of the many. However, even though you may feel alone, others will also run with you and join you. You will make a difference.” Filtiarn the Druid 30-6-20 Follow on Facebook for Inspiring idea’s.

The celebration of Lúghnasadgh has been of great importance in Ireland since prehistoric times. In early Irish literature of Irish Mythology the festival has been named after the sun god, Lugh Lámhfhada, who took his name after the month of August, Lúnasa in Irish. Lúgh, once a High King of Ireland, was a youthful fierce warrior and a leader of the Tuatha Dé Danann. He was a master in all skills including the arts and crafts and truth, oaths and the law. Lúgh’s foster-mother, Tailtiu, died on August 1 from exhaustion after clearing the plains of Ireland for farming. She was buried under a mound in an area known today as Teltown, County Meath (an area between Kells and Meath). To honour his mother, Lúgh held the first Óenach, or Aonach, the bringing of people together to commemorate a death. It became known as Óenach Tailten, occurring in the last fortnight of July and the first fortnight of August. Óenach Tailten brought the Irish Kings together, to a landscape of governance in Meath, and under a truce would settle disputes between each other. Honouring the dead was extremely important to the ancient Irish, as it is today, so more Óenach’s started occurring in various locations in Ireland. The date of the first Óenach Tailten is often debated but may have been as early as the Neolithic period. The last Óenach was held during the time of the time Norman Invasion. Amongst the activities was one of significance, and that was the warrior’s feat. This was where a champion had a unique talent and showcased it for all to see. The challenge was for other champions to either emulate it or do it better. But this was not based on just one talent but on the other talents of the individuals competing.

Both what Filtiarn and the above description of Óenach Tailten and the warriors feats teach us the same lesson. Doing what you do best despite the criticisms of others and suceeding. Forging your own path and reaping the rewards that you alone deserve. You may tire and even fall but you still get up and power on. The Forge of the Goddess Brighid is burning furiously within you, spurring you on. You have your goals always within reach. The salmon swimming from the sea, up rivers and streams to reach the spawing pool beneath the Hazel tree. Then there are those who take the easy way. Remaining at sea too afraid or unsure to listen to the call of their inner nature. Those who just drift with the current, letting it take them in the one direction enmass just taking what they get. The same can be said for human nature. You have the procrastinators who ‘woulda, coulda, and shoulda’, the ones who are too lazy to get off their bums (trying to keep my language clean here lol) demanding that you shouldn’t do this or that fully envious of and decrying your success and those who (fully capable adults I mean here) have to be continuously spoon fed draining your much needed energy and go mad or throw tantrums if you draw away to get on a bit as they are dragging you back.

The ‘Ripple Effect’ is what one should always strive for. As they radiate outwards it meets another object which itself creates a new source of ripples and this continues with others. This describes how one becomes a source of inspiration to other just by doing what you do best and reaching your goals. There are those who will see that you are striving and will want to do the same in their unique way for their own unique goals be it career-wise or physical-wise. The ripples you make, hit them and they in turn make ripples of their own. You are not telling them how to do it but showing them the way to the on how path to do it for themselves.

Go raibh maith agat as do chuid ama a léamh chun seo a léamh agus cuimhnigh a bheith ina fhoinse inspioráide chomh maith le bheith spreagtha ag daoine eile. Seán Ó Tuama.


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