Improving Upon What Is

Success in any endeavor begins with first setting aside what we wish to be and accepting what is.

A major part of being human is wanting things to be better than they are. This drive for personal, relational, and environmental improvement is in our DNA. It is impossible to change things for the better, however, without first starting with a solid foundation in and acceptance of what is.

By being closed off on our approach into any situation, we are armed only with what we bring to the table and are unable to take in new, perhaps crucial, information. By being open to what is, to what the situation is and has to offer, we allow ourselves the opportunity to take in new knowledge and perspectives.

If we try truly want to make our personal, relational, or environmental circumstances better, we must begin with a relationship with that which we wish to improve. It is impossible to have a relationship with only one perspective. Even if what is is undesirable, our ability to see it clearly and therefore to improve it effectively begins by having clarity of perspective and clarity of perspective begins with openness and flexibility.

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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