One of the undeniable facts of life is that we all reach the end of ours eventually.
This truth alone should make us want to slow down, savor the experience, and make the most of every moment.
It is all guaranteed to be over someday.
There is no reason to be in a hurry.
There is no reason to rush, to be hasty, or to burden ourselves with undue stresses and pressures that do not serve to improve the quality of our time here.
Every moment, every interaction, and every relationship matters.
We do not get our time back.
We do not get each other back.
If we want to make the most of our lives, we must start by acknowledging this fact.
Acknowledgement is only the first step, however.
The only way to honor truth is through action.
Anything less is a hollow sentiment.
A truth not acted on is a truth wasted.
The truth of our time here is that it is running out.
We must act on this fact, but not recklessly, hastily, or frivolously.
Time is honored with attention, intention, and consideration.
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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