Enthusiasm is a Moment of Weakness

How do we protect our passion from our discouragers?

‘Trail’ by Ana

When we are at our most enthusiastic, most excited, and most optimistic about an idea, we are also our most vulnerable. If, in this moment, the people around us encourage us, motivate us, and help to clear our path, we can accomplish anything. If, however, they discourage us, put us down, and try to block our way, we have to make a decision.

We could continue moving forward and ignore them, hoping that maybe someday they will see what we see and will cheer us on or join us. We could choose to stop doing that which excites us, settling back down to the level of the people around us. Or we could decide that their negativity is holding us back from our true potential and that the only way to have a fulfilling life is to free ourselves from the burden of such distractions.

There is really no correct choice. We all have to measure our decisions against our circumstances and our values. That said, it is certainly worth questioning why our friends or our family would put us down instead of lifting us up, when we are in the raw emotional state of joy that is the passionate pursuit of something meaningful to us.

Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.

-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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