Every Unbelt should read this....

Duke Cuan wrote this on the Armour Archive. It is direct and no nonsense. I think there is a lot that folks can learn from it.....

Here's a thought that ties in with someone's comment about humility. Maybe the day you decide to become a knight or that you will be a knight is the day that you recognize how much you don't know, can't do, and need to improve. And maybe the best knights are the ones who are constantly ready to learn what they still don't know, still can't do, and still need to improve. Being a knight is not about being right all the time or having all the answers, it is about asking the right questions.

I run into people constantly who just don't know how much they don't know. They cheat themselves by comapring themselves with the handful of knights in the order that they think they can "beat" or show favorably against in some other aspect, and tell themselves and their intimates that if the world was fair, they would be knights because surely they are as deserving as Sir X! These folks will walk into wall after wall, never enjoying the process of becoming a man (or woman) worthy to be made a knight because they have misidentified both the prize and the path to achieve it. They will languish in mediocrity. Some will become bitter and fall away from the Society. Some will stay and dominate their local practice, striving to remain the big fish in the little pond while the poison of envy and regret sours their experience of the Current Middle Ages. They will have excuses for why they never made the grade; politics, evil kings, jealous knights -and their familiars will nod in mock understanding when these excuses are made.

Then there is the other, even sadder group. These are the ones who feel beaten down right out of the gate. They will never be knights because they are too weak, too old, or too slow. Now don't get me wrong, there are those people who join the Society who will never by knights no matter how hard they try, but that group is not truly as big as some who reside in it think it is.

I truly believe that most people have the ability to achieve knighthood. It is true that genetics plays a role, and that some are gifted and will achieve prowess more quickly and easily than others, but all of life is like that. Some will have to sacrifice more than others to achieve the same result, but those who have given most usually appreciate most that which is gained in the effort.

Resolve to learn as much as you can, serve as often as you can, and work as hard as you can. Enjoy being a squire and a man at arms and the rest will take care of itself. Do not look back one day and regret that you did not do your best. If you give yourself to the game with joy and love the people who play it, then you will live without regret if the accolade never comes.

Cuan

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The same holds true for becom

The same holds true for becoming a Laurel or a Pelican. It is much too easy to miss out on the joys and pleasures of the journey because a person is just focused is on reaching the destination. They'll wonder why they never reach it and why they aren't enjoying themselves.

Oh yeah, I agree. In fact whe

Oh yeah, I agree. In fact when I sent this to my household list, the only response I got was from my apprentice, Francesca, who said basically the same thing, that there is wisdom for everyone in it.

Sir Bryce de Byram, OL
http://bdeb.diaryland.com

Like one of my favorite quote

Like one of my favorite quotes

" It is good for a journey to have an end, but it is the journey that matters in the end"

William