Gifts are Meant to be Given

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” —Toni Morrison

‘Witchy Hand Broom’ by Ana

Our deepest desires, our strongest feelings about what needs to change in the world are all a gift. They are a gift to both us and the world around us. For us, they are like a compass in the dessert, guiding us to a better place, a better life with more meaning, where we have made a difference. For the world we wish to serve and change, they are a light shone on a problem yet unseen and unsolved, a beacon to others to join us on our journey to a better place.

If we have a dream, if we have a vision for a better world, we owe it to ourselves and those around us to act, to try to bring it to life. We must not let our gifts die in our hearts and minds before they become the change they were meant to be. A gift is meant to be given.

Even the smallest change, if it finds its resonance with others, can move the world.

“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, Severna Park’s Holistic Chamber of Commerce, and Kogen Dojo where he teaches Taikyoku Budo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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