THE WARRIOR IS A MAN WHO HAS LEARNED TO LOVE LIFE AND ALL THE MANY RICHNESSES IT BRINGS HIM — MOST OF ALL THE PATH WHERE HE WALKS. THERE IS FOR THE WARRIOR NO GREATER JOY THAN TO WALK A PATH WITH A HEART. ON THIS PATH HE WALKS, THRILLED BY THE WONDER OF IT ALL, AND IN HIS JOY HE GIVES THANKS IN HIS HEART FOR THIS MARVELLOUS PRIVILEGE BY EMBRACING EVERYTHING HE ENCOUNTERS WITH LOVE AND GRATITUDE.
«I think what a joy it is to be alive, and I wonder if I’ll ever leap inward to the root of this flesh and know myself as once I was. The root is there. Whether any act of mine can find it, that remains tangled in the future. But all things a man can do are mine. Any act of mine may do it.»
The warrior, knowing that any battle is a battle for survival, always chooses to follow the Path with a Heart in everything he does — even the mundane. It is in consistently choosing to follow his heart where lies the difference between the warrior and the average man. In following his heart the warrior is always at-one with his life; no matter what his challenges may be. As a result, he finds peace and a deep sense of pleasure in every action, while he carefully chooses from out of his experiences upon the Path with a Heart all that he needs in order to make himself a shield against the onslaughts of power.
The warrior is a happy being because he chooses to be happy, rather than talking to himself about what will make him happy. Because he chooses to be happy he looks at things in a way that makes him happy; and by looking at the world in this way he sees the funny side of things, which makes him laugh. One must always choose the Path with a Heart, so that one can bring forth the best in oneself, even if this is only to be able to laugh.