The Moment To Act

Inspiration is inconvenient.

Inspiration doesn’t wait until we are in front of a canvas, an instrument, a keyboard, or our training partner. It shows up when it shows up. We can set up conditions that give us more opportunity to receive inspiration and to act on it when it arises in us, but we cannot control it.

Inspiration is both inconvenient and fleeting. It doesn’t care if we are ready. It doesn’t care if we don’t have time. It shows up when it is ready and, if we are not prepared to receive it, it will disappear as quickly as it came.

When inspiration, ability, and opportunity all present themselves at exactly the same moment, we must act. The stars may never align like this again. If we hesitate, if we stop to think about it, to try to figure it out, to intellectualize it, or to make excuses as to why we can’t or shouldn’t, it will pass us by.


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 and Kogen Dojo where he teaches Taikyoku Budo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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