Giving Life To Life

Have you ever stopped to think about how truly amazing it is that we get to put art, music, and poetry in the world?

Simply because we choose to, simply because we are inspired to, simply because we are able to, we get to create. We get to express ourselves, our vision, our experience, and our perception through colors, sounds, words, movement, or whatever medium is available to us.

It is our destiny to create, to be creative, and to experience the awesome beauty, mystery, and wonder of creation as an active participant in its process.

It is our birthright, our duty, our inheritance from our ancestors, and our legacy to those who follow us to make the world and the experiencing of it more beautiful and more personal by adding some part of ourselves to it.

We are not here merely to survive, to battle, and to procreate.

We are here to transform what is into what can be. We are here to transform life into something more livable, more fulfilling, and more meaningful than it was before we participated.

We are here to give life to life.

There is nothing holding us back but our own resistance.

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.

Street art photo by Robert Van Valkenburgh. Artist unknown.

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