Patience As A Choice

We do not always have to know what to do.

In fact, sometimes it is better to do nothing than to act in ignorance or in haste.

Sometimes, we simply have to wait.

While waiting may necessary, patience is a whole other matter altogether.

Patience is the decision or the ability to be comfortable while waiting.

For those of us who are driven to act by the forces inside us, whatever these forces may be, patience can be quite difficult to come by.

But, with nothing to do, we must choose to either be comfortable or uncomfortable while we wait.

And, if we must wait, we may as well do so with patience, contentedness, and intention.

Otherwise, we are not really waiting.

We are wasting our time.

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.

Photo by Ana.*

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

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