No Retreat, No Surrender-The Myth of Napoleon Bonaparte's Heroism
Napoleon Bonaparte was a French military and an emperor who in his time conquered much of Europe during the 19th century A.D.
Among the nations he conquered are Austria, Egypt, Russia, the Prussians, allied forces of Austrians, British, Prussians and Russians before he was finally defeated by the British Army.
This is the inspiring part of the story.
Napoleon wondered why such a brave leader and strong troop were prone to experience a defeat. They had an assessment on their weaknesses and their strengths and planned for the next invasion.
Part of the plan was to have a musician trained to be with them during the battle. Announcement had been made in the entire kingdom that the French army needs a musician.
A young gentleman succumb to the call and was trained to memorize two music pieces. A music for retreat and a music for forward.
So the battle went on and the musician was with them. The music served as the guide to the troop. The agreement was for as long as the music doesn't change the army press on forward.
The music for forward is now being played. On the ground were army being slain but the music did not change so they continued being faithful to the agreement they made.
At last the battle was over and the french army gathered for re-assessment and evaluation of their performance. The first man to be questioned was the musician. He was asked why did he not change the music when plenty of the army was being slain on the ground.
He answered, I forgot the music for retreat.
Though many soldiers died they have won the battle.
Why are we here? Do we feel loosing the battle because it's so challenging?
I like the spirit of the musician forgetting the music for retreat and I commend the faithfulness of the soldiers in the covenant they have made.
I would like to impress on myself these two values to ensure success.