Truth Bombs (Prompts for your Circle of Trust)

Truth Bombs (Prompts for your Circle of Trust)

An appendix of truth bombs and bits of wisdom that you can use for your circle of trust (CoT)! You can also receive this automatically, via Slack, by downloading our ‘Ruck Talk’ Slack app/integration.

    • YOUR OATH (PROMPT 019)

      There is a 2005 movie called Kingdom of Heaven. It features Orlando Bloom and Liam Neeson. In the movie, we meet a blacksmith, named Balian of Ibelin. A man enters into Balian’s town and introduces himself as Balian’s father: Baron Godred of Ibelin, a Crusader and knight of the Holy Land Jerusalem.

      He asks his son if he would return with him to Jerusalem. After unfortunate life events (and his wife committing suicide after the death of their child) Balian joins his father. On the way to Jerusalem the men are ambushed and Baron Godred of Ibelin is fatally wounded. Having fought well in the ambush he bestows all lands that he owned and looks to his son and knights him. This is the oath that he shares with him.

      Be without fear in the face of your enemies.

      Be brave and Upright that God may love thee.

      Speak the truth always even if it leads to your death.

      Safeguard the helpless and do no wrong

      That is your oath. Rise a Knight.

      Today is about seeking virtue. You may be lost and depressed like the blacksmith, Balian of Ibelin, and/or dealing with your own hurts, harms and hangups. But if you have a code to live by, or an oath, you have a guiding light and a north star. Some of you may have enlisted and taken the oath. Some of you may have been baptized, swearing your allegiance to the Triune God of heaven. Others of you may have entered into an oath with a spouse to remain faithful to love and to protect your wife. These oaths and rituals have meaning, and they are not trivial. If you have committed yourself to an oath, remember that oath and faithfully execute that oath. If you have no guideline or you do not believe that you are committed to an oath, try observing what practices resonate with you from people around you.

      Search your soul, put those virtues to paper and let them guide you.

    • LEGACY

      LEGACY (PROMPT 020)

      “I’m gonna make sure you talk about me, and your grandkids and kids after that gonna know about me…your great-grandkids will say “wow, wasn’t that a bizarre individual?” – Mike Tyson.

      Mike Tyson, a professional boxer, and world heavyweight champion had a drive and a passion to build a legacy. He didn’t care if someone thought he was strange, he was. He attacked the objective in such a way that people would remember him. The average man is not thinking that his name will be remembered for a very long time. Most of us will never be under the limelight like a professional boxer, but we can still leave a legacy. There are great men that build an empire and give all that they have earned to their children. Men who act courageously in the face of a competitor, Men that work hard, husbands that give their entire lives for their wife, are not doing so in vain. These men are actually building a legacy in the eyes of their children, and in the eyes of society.

      Those who do not or cannot have children still build legacy with their character and the interactions that they take part in. You can leave a legacy by writing, innovating, achieving at the highest levels, serving at the highest and lowest levels, composing music, developing meaningful art that stirs the emotions, creating products or services, charitable giving and so much more.

      Everyone can leave this world in a better place. It is also important that you live an honorable and moral life. Men who live recklessly are not men who will leave a legacy (at least not a good legacy). If you squander the inheritance that has been passed down to you from your father, your teachers, your coaches, our countries’ founding fathers, you are gambling with legacy. You are gambling with country, family and society.

      Strive hard an be conscious that your actions and words have lasting impact for the future.

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