Disappointment comes in many shapes and forms.
It comes when we least expect it or when we are least ready for it.
It can stop us in our tracks and destroy the hopes and plans we once had.
But, disappointment should never be seen as the end of the road.
It is a starting point for something new.
Disappointment is life’s way of telling us that our expectations were not aligned with reality.
It offers us a moment to pause, reflect, and adjust our course.
For this reason, disappointment should not lead to anger, sadness, or even frustration.
Instead, we should use our disappointment as a catalyst to be grateful for new opportunities and a new perspective.
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.*
*Robert Van Valkenburgh’s black and white photography can be seen at My Darkness To Light
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