For Joy

It is okay to enjoy something purely for the sake of itself.

There is a lot in this life that we must do.

There is a lot that requires us to be practical, efficient, frugal, prudent, and disciplined.

Not everything we do has to have some underlying reason, purpose, or motive, however.

Some things we should do simply for the sake of the joy we experience from doing them.

Joy, itself, is reason enough.

Joy is purpose enough.

Sometimes we need to excuse ourselves from pragmatism, even if just for a moment, so that we can allow ourselves to experience joy for joy’s sake.

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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