Presence and Participation

Time is infinite, but ours is not.

Time is not on our side. It is either dragging us through life or we are pushing back against it, but it does not stop. It does not slow down. It does not wait for us to be ready.

We can not make more time. We can not make up for lost time. We can not buy time.

Our time here is what it is. It is not guaranteed and it will pass more quickly than we imagined, but this moment is ours. We can choose to waste our it and let it pass us by or we can utilize our it and do something worthwhile with it.

It is up to us to make the most of the small amount of time that we are given. We can maximize it or we can squander it, but we cannot change it. Our only hope is to be present and to participate.


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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