Savoring Scarcity

“Daddy, I eat my cereal with a small spoon so that I can enjoy it more.”
—My daughter

Quite often, having more of what we enjoy most is either impossible or impractical.

If we cannot have more, we must find ways to enjoy it more.

This is true for many of the small things in life that we like, but that are not necessarily good for us beyond moderate doses.

It is equally true, however, for many of the most important and most valuable aspects of our lives.

Our time, our attention, and our loved ones, once gone, cannot be gotten back

We get what we get and no more.

Regardless of how much we hustle, organize, or optimize, we cannot make more hours in the day.

No matter how well we think that we multi-task, every decision to focus on one aspect of our lives is equally a decision to ignore something or someone else.

And, our friends and our family cannot be replicated or replaced.

We must, therefore, find ways, no matter how small, to savor what we have.


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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