Difficult Decisions

There will be times in life when we have to make difficult decisions with less than complete information.

There simply will not be enough time or resources with which to gather more information before having to act.

Or, the information itself may be hidden, covered up, or might not even exist.

Obviously, this is less than ideal and it will not be easy.

What makes it even harder is that there will likely be no clear right or wrong answer.

All options will appear to be equally undesirable, each with consequences, both seen and unseen, that we would rather not face.

However, sometimes doing nothing is not an option.

We have to make a decision.

We have to take action.

It is in moments like these when we must rely on our instincts above all else.

Things have a better chance of working out if we follow our intuition than if we rely purely on logic and reason.

Logic and reason have already failed us if the right or wrong choice is not apparent.

We must, therefore, let go of our intellect and do what feels right, even if it is not clear that it is what is right.


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.

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*Robert Van Valkenburgh’s black and white photography can be seen at My Darkness To Light

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