A Community Of Accountability

Certain people will always feel responsible regardless of their position or status, whether or not they are asked or required to be.

For some people, responsibility feels like a burden that must be avoided, eliminated, or overcome at all costs. For them, accountability is synonymous with subjugation. It is a trap, a dead end path, and a threat to their perceived freedom.

Other people seek out responsibility, demand accountability, and insist on being available and involved. For these people, responsibility is actually synonymous with freedom and empowerment. Instead of feeling restricted by it, they feel gives them a basis upon which to build and shape the lives they desire.

This latter type are who we rely on to show up, not only when they are needed, but before they are needed. They are the ones who ask how they can help, or who know exactly how to help, even when, or especially when, it is inconvenient. They are on time or early, prepared, and engaged. They are our community in the truest meaning of the word.


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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