The Brightest Cloud

“When the sun hides, it hides behind the brightest cloud.”
—My Daughter

Some days, it is difficult to see beyond the ugliness and the darkness in this world. Conflict, fear, anger, and pain are right in our faces with no obvious solution or hope of relief on the horizon. On days like these, it can be a struggle to see how things can or will get better.

On days like these, we need each other more than ever. We need to look each other in the eye, share a smile, share a handshake, a high five, or a hug, and let each other know that we are not divided, that we are truly in this together. On days like these, we need community, we need family, and we need connection.

Even on the darkest, stormiest day, the sun is still shining above it all. We just need to know where to look for it. As my daughter says, “When the sun hides, it hides behind the brightest cloud.” On days like these, we all need a brightest cloud. Let us try to be that for one another. Together, maybe we can part the skies to allow the sun to shine down on us all.


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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