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Are You Fighting a War Already Lost? (Monday Moment ep. 433)

President_Marcos_and_Hiroo_Onoda Malacañang Palace, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

John O’Leary shares what Hiroo Onoda can teach us about the importance of surrender on this week’s Live Inspired Podcast Monday Moment segment.

When we’ve experienced the sharp disappointment of being let down by others, when is the right time to accept what happened, embrace what is and move forward into what could be? Although debating exactly how long holding onto righteous anger is understandable, the example of Hiroo Onoda demonstrates the dangers of clutching it for too long.

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What do we do with the sharp disappointment of being let down by others? When is the right time to accept what happened? And when is it appropriate to embrace what is and move forward into what could be?

It’s certainly easy to identify the ludicrous foolishness of a Japanese soldier fighting decades after the war had ended. It’s far more difficult, far more important and ultimately far more liberating to acknowledge there are battles in our own lives we no longer need to wage.

 

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