We each have something unique and powerful to offer the world.
Once we know what that is, it is imperative that we do it justice by giving it the focus, attention, and energy it deserves.
There will be distractions.
Other people, activities, and agendas will require our attention.
This is all part of the process.
We should not ignore those who need us for the sake of that which we are called to do.
We cannot use our path or our purpose to abdicate responsibility in the rest of our lives.
At the same time, we also cannot allow ourselves to get so caught up in the needs of others that our purpose is neglected.
As much as others need us, or perhaps even more, our purpose needs us as well.
Our path is ours, alone.
No one can walk it for us.
Our purpose is ours, alone.
No one can fulfill it as our poxy.
The onus is on us to make the time, to muster up the energy, and to create the means.
The responsibility is ours to find the way, to do the work, and to share our gift.
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 Kogen Dojo Self Defense Academy where he teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
All photos by Robert Van Valkenburgh unless otherwise noted.
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