If you are trying to be consistent in your practice, but you fail, keep trying to be consistent in your practice.
Even the most dedicated amongst us have off-days. The difference is that the dedicated have them less often because they are dedicated.
Regardless of what our practice is, whether it is some kind of hobby, sport, or even diet, we will, at some point, fail. We are all inherently flawed creatures and failure is part of our makeup.
The secret is to get back to our practice as quickly as possible and to let the past be the past, and let our lapse be a lesson. When we fail at being consistent we should at least be persistent.
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, as well as a founding member of the Severna Park and Baltimore Holistic Chamber of Commerce.
Street art photo taken by Robert Van Valkenburgh, artist unknown unless otherwise noted.
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