Sunny Is Winning

“Sunny is winning.”
—My Daughter

The other day, my daughter’s school dropped off materials for her to work on while we are at home. One of the things they gave her was a ‘weather chart’ she can use to track the weather from day to day. Of all of the activities in her kit, she was immediately drawn to this one and began filling it out.

The chart includes a column for sunny, cloudy, partially sunny, rainy, and one for snow, and, after a few days of tracking the weather, my daughter added an extra column for foggy, just in case. Every day, this gives us an excuse to go outside and to talk about the weather. It’s a quick, fun way to spend time and learn together.

This morning, I was writing and I was having trouble getting started, mainly because I woke up later than normal. I knew that I wanted to write about the power of generosity as a tool for improving our individual and collective lives, but I was stuck as to the exact direction the post would take. Then, as I struggled, my daughter came to me with her weather chart, showed it to me, and said, “Look. Sunny is winning.”

There is a lesson there for all of us.


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.

All photos by Robert Van Valkenburgh unless otherwise noted.

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