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Feb 17, 2020 - Feature of the Week

Admiral Lord Nelson — Readiness

Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) is one of the most vaunted, heroic and inspirational Royal Navy Commanders in British history.

Beset with health problems all his personal life, and besieged with battle after battle in his military life, Lord Nelson remains the epitome of courage, bravery and toughness. In honor of his contribution to Britain’s remarkable legacy, a statue of Nelson adorns Trafalgar Square in London.

When Nelson stated,

Never break the neutrality of a port or place, but never consider as neutral any place from whence an attack is allowed to be made.

what he is simply saying is: “Don’t start problems but always be ready for them.” Underscore: “always be ready,” i.e., never drop your guard.

This is excellent advice, especially in today’s world where opposition, division, mental confliction and emotional imbalance are so openly prevalent and pervasive.

It is not just physical attacks we must guard against. Emotional and psychological attacks may assail us as well. Sometimes, they can inflict greater damage to us than those of the physical variety. Cuts, scrapes and broken bones will heal, but emotional and psychological cuts may last a lifetime. How do we guard against such assaults? Answer: Be balanced and centered at all times, never allowing emotional or psychological attacks to imbalance or decenter us . . . from anyone—enemies, acquaintances, friends, even family.

Therefore, to heed Lord Nelson’s sentiments of preparation is wise advice as we move in and out of the ports and places of our lives.


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