Motion Is Not Progress

Simply because you are in motion does not mean that you are moving forward.

‘Stinky Mud’ by Ana

We do a lot of things from day to day to keep ourselves busy, to keep ourselves feeling like we are accomplishing something and making progress. There is an inherent problem with being busy all the time though.

It is difficult to determine what really matters when we are doing too much. There is no time to pause and reflect, to really enjoy the depth of an experience, a moment, or a relationship.

There is always more to do. There are always more tasks and more people that need our attention. Motion is not the same as movement. Going from task to task and from project to project keeps us from having to face ourselves, our fears, and the truth, the truth that we aren’t really getting anywhere. We are just doing a lot.

“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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