A book review of “The Way of the Peaceful Warrior”  By Dan Millman

Every day I wake up with the potential to achieve outstanding accomplishment and then I open my eyes and the day hits. Dan Millman’s fictional story, based on his spiritual journey during his college years, brings an understanding to the self created “road blocks” that stops all of us from doing what we have the potential to do.

Peaceful Warrior was recommended to me by a friend of my daughter, whom I had given one of my favorite books, Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead.” The Peaceful Warrior tells the story of a college athlete who was very successful, but had a feeling something was wrong or missing. As I read the book, something in this story began to resonate with me.

Based on “the law of surrender”, I came to realize how much stress I was creating by resisting my Cincinnati jewelry store’s natural ups and downs. A peaceful warrior is a person who is ready for action, but exists in a centered physical posture. Not pushing forward or leaning backward. Not living in the past or in the future, but in the moment. A current example of this for retail jewelers is learning to thrive in a less than booming economy. A peaceful warrior doesn’t spend time complaining about a current downturn, but takes that same energy and directs it toward business opportunities. He relates the understanding that “stress happens when the mind resists what is.” “Proper posture is a way of bending with gravity, Dan. Proper attitude is a way of bending with life.”

I found the story telling style of Dan Millman very entertaining as well as meaningful. At one point, the main character, Dan, has a near fatal motorcycle accident. His doctors declare his athletic career over. His mentor, Socrates, relates a story.

“An old man and his son worked a small farm, with only one horse to pull the plow. One day, the horse ran away. ‘How terrible,’ sympathized the neighbors. ‘What bad luck.’ ‘Who knows whether it is bad luck or good luck,’ the farmer replied. A week later, the horse returned from the mountains, leading five wild horses into the barn. ‘What wonderful luck!’ said the neighbors. ‘Good luck? Bad Luck? Who knows?’ answered the old man. The next day, the son, trying to tame one of the horses, fell and broke his leg. ‘How terrible. What bad luck!’ ‘Bad luck? Good luck?’ The army came to all of the farms to take the young men for war, but the farmer’s son was of no use to them, so he was spared. ‘Good? Bad?’

Writer and inventor, Isaac Bashevis Singer, wrote “Life is gods novel, let him write it”. I try to remember that every morning when I look into the mirror and begin to plan my day. In this changing business environment, I believe all jewelers could benefit by being peaceful warriors and operating their businesses with a renewed since of inner power and confidence.

About the reviewer:

Lee Krombholz is a third generation owner and president of Krombholz Jewelers in Cincinnati, Ohio. His advertising agency gave him the title “visionary” which is appropriate because he lives in a world of anticipating the future of business and style.

Lee is also self proclaimed “geek” enjoying all to do with computers. He is an award winning CAD jewelry designer and produces his own line of jewelry under the brand name of Just Like You Designs.

Lee is currently the President of the Ohio Jewelers Association.