Being around is not the same as being present.
Love, if it is not some hollow sentiment, is inextricably tied to duty.
Love is a promise that requires action in order to be demonstrated, proven, and fulfilled.
Love’s claim is a debt owed. It is a pledge of time, both in quantity and quality. It is the assurance of presence, attention, and engagement regardless of, or even in spite of, inconvenience.
To say that we love another person is to imply that we are doing something to love them. They do not have to notice it. They do not have to reciprocate. They are not the ones making the claim. We are.
If our love is more than just a feeling or a word, we must behave in a way that is loving.
Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.
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