I’m studying to become a modern-day samurai. The path is not an easy one and requires patience, dedication, and hard work. A samurai must posses the qualities of a warrior and leader while never compromising ethics or morals. We samurai are the epitome of discipline, courage, and ideal behaviour.
The samurai were Japan’s elite military warriors which served the aristocratic class from the Heian period (794-1185) to the Edo period (1600-1868). The original purpose of the samurai was in a military capacity. Soon the samurai became political figures as well as warriors. During the Tokugawa shogunate (1600-1868) Japan experienced a long period without warfare and the samurai emerged as scholars and role models of ethics and behaviour.
As a samurai I am bound by the principles of the moral and ethical code of bushido. This honor code of chivalry originated in feudal Japan. Bushido translates into “the way of the warrior”. If I am to be a samurai I must abide by the bushido code at all times. The bushido code emphasizes loyalty and obedience as well honor above all.
Mommy and I have been reading The Courage of a Samurai to help us learn about the bushido code. This non-fiction book is written by Lori Tsugawa Whaley and presents the way of the warrior in an easy to understand and very readable style. It is designed to be a self-help book aimed at adapting the bushido code for modern-day use.
The Courage of a Samurai organizes the bushido code into seven principles.
Along with these seven principles of the bushido code, Lori explains the concept of Ganbaru. This is the Japanese word for persistence and tenacity. The Courage of a Samurai explores these ideas and illustrates how they can be applied to live a more successful and fulfilling life.
In her book, Lori explains each of these principles in plain language which anyone can relate to. She attributes these characteristics to specific actions of famous historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, King Leonidas of Sparta ,and the biblical David who slew Goliath. She then sprinkles relevant inspiring quotes from people such as William Shakespeare, Steve Jobs,Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Mark Twain, Thomas Jefferson, and Henry Ford to name just a few.
What really brings the concepts of the bushido code to life are the more in-depth true stories which Lori utilizes as examples. Both mommy and I agree that the story of Chiune Sugihara was our favourite. He demonstrated the characteristic of courage and lived the bushido code when he saved the lives of countless Jewish people during World War II. There is truly the courage of a samurai in this remarkable man.
The Courage of a Samurai is a combination of historical accounts, inspirational ideas, and personal stories woven together to illustrate how the bushido code can be applied in modern times. Lori expertly demonstrates that by using the bushido code as a foundation, we can bring about change in our lives which will allow us to overcome the obstacles in our way and accomplish the goals we set for ourselves. The way of the samurai may not be the easy path but Lori urges us that embracing the bushido code can help us unlock our full potential.
At the end of the book Lori includes a motivational final note encouraging the reader to become the unstoppable force they were meant to be. She has inspiring words for her readers asking all of us to take up the way of the samurai and to become today’s leaders. As a parting thought Lori shares this:
When you link arms with this samurai woman, you will never face your battle alone! —Lori Tsugawa Whaley
Lori Tsugawa Whaley is an author, keynote speaker, and life coach who is no stranger to overcoming adversity. She is a Traumatic Brain Injury survivor and it was her journey to recovering her wellness that inspired Lori to write The Courage of a Samurai. Lori is a third generation Japanese American and a descendant of the samurai warrior.
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