What is the Lesson?

Pressure, resistance, and pain are the path to knowing who we truly are and what we are capable of.

‘The Butterfly’ by Ana

If you seek to do something worth doing, something that will change your life and the lives of those around you, you will face difficulties, obstacles along our path. These obstacles will slow you down, sometimes to what will feel like a complete standstill. These moments will often feel like you are losing momentum, like progress has halted, or like you are losing ground and moving backwards.

Oftentimes, you will feel as if these obstacles are to be overcome or avoided. You will want them to go away or you will want to go away.

If, instead of asking, “Why is this happening to me?” or “How can I avoid this?” you embrace these obstacles by treating them as lessons and ask, “What are you trying to teach me?”, you will often find that these obstacles are not really obstacles at all, but stepping stones on the path to the place you are truly meant to be going.

“As in life, so too it is in budo. As in budo, so too it is in life.”

-Robert Van Valkenburgh is co-founder of Taikyoku Mind & Body and Kogen Dojo where he teaches Taikyoku Budo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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