Inevitability is not affected by the way we feel about it.
There are certain facts of life that will not change regardless of whether we agree or disagree with them, approve or disapprove of them, or whether we aid or resist them.
Inevitability does not care about our plans, our opinions, or our emotions.
In spite of how strongly we feel about them, some things we are powerless to affect.
When faced with the inevitable, the sooner we can accept and embrace the reality of its existence, the more easily and effectively we can prepare for it, get out of its way, and view its effects from a vantage point of detachment.
That is to say, we must change ourselves so that we can find a way to live with that which we can not change or stop.
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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