A WARRIOR DOES NOT KEEP COMPANY WITH THOSE WHO WISH TO HARM HIM
A warrior does not keep company with those who wish to harm him. Nor is he seen in the company of those who want to ‘console’ him.
He avoids anyone who is only by his side in the event of a defeat: these false friends want to prove that weakness is rewarded. They always bring him bad news. They always try to destroy the warrior’s confidence, all under the cloak of ‘solidarity’.
When they see him wounded, they dissolve in tears, but, in their heart of hearts, they are happy because the warrior has lost a battle. They do not understand that this is part of the fight.
The true companions of a warrior are beside him always, during the diffficult times and the easy times.
from: ‘Manual of the Warrior of Light’ by Paul Coelho