On Comfort And Struggle

Do not envy others for their comfort.

Envy does not bring us closer to what we want to have or achieve, where we want to go, or who we want to be.

It is nothing more than a distraction.

Our focus should be on what we can do, what we can change, and on how to make that happen.

There is no satisfaction in that which comes to us too easily anyway.

Satisfaction is inextricably tied to struggle.

It is impossible to truly appreciate that which is not earned, toiled over, and fought for.

Comfort without the struggle to achieve it is a hollow victory.

It has no meaning.

The struggle is what we should seek, embrace, and rejoice in.

Life is lived through purposeful effort.

Comfort is for the dying.

Do not envy the comfortable.

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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