Abundance And Scarcity (On Love And Time)

Live like love is abundant, but time is scarce.

Time is the only non-renewable resource in this life. Once we give it away, we never get it back. It is imperative, therefore, that we use our time wisely, that we are thoughtful with regards to how and with whom we spend it, and that we do not give it away frivolously to cares, concerns, and priorities that do not actually matter.

Love, on the other hand, does not diminish when given away. While there is no promise that the love we allow ourselves to feel and to express will be reciprocated, it is all but guaranteed that if we choose not love, if we choose to behave in a non-loving way toward others, our chances of experiencing love from others will be greatly reduced. The more that we love others, the more opportunity we create to be loved in return.

A life of depth, meaning, and fulfillment is one wherein time and love are intimately and inextricably connected. Time spent in love, time spent immersed in the experience of it enveloping us, flowing into us unrestricted and graciously received, and emanating out of us generously and unreservedly, is time well spent. Time well spent means a life well-lived and, when all is said and done, is that not the point of it 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.

Photo by Robert Van Valkenburgh. Art by Ana.

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