Be The Constant (For Yourself And Others)

Consistency breeds hope.

We all need to know that there are things in our lives that we can count on. We need to know that certain people, places, and activities will be there for us when we show up, whether it is at home, at work, at the gym, the coffee shop, the bar, or whatever. We rely on this knowing as a foundation for optimism in our lives.

This is why habits and routines are so important. We need habits and routines so that we know what to expect from our day to day lives, and also so that others know what to expect from us in theirs. Consistency lays the foundation for optimism and positive forward thinking.

When there are disruptions to our routines, when we fall away from our habits for whatever reason, our lives begin to become more complicated, more stressful, and often more difficult. Having routines and habits removes the burden of choice from us in a positive way, in a way that gives us clarity, confidence, and hope. In times of uncertainty, confusion, and chaos, it is up to us to be the consistency others rely on so that we can all have more to look forward to.

NOTE: For those of you who read my posts and who find some kind of comfort in their consistent delivery, I apologize for falling out of habit. Life got in the way, but I am regrouping and picking up where I left off. Nothing would please me more if you decided to me on the journey towards a new normal.


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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