When faced with a problem, or multiple problems at once, It is important to always look for the upside.
This may seem cliché, but that does not make it any less true.
It is easier to find solutions when we are focused on what is possible, not what is impossible.
The solution to our problem does not exist in the problem itself.
It exists elsewhere.
Solutions exist within the realm of what we can affect, as opposed to what we cannot.
That is where we should focus our time, energy, and attention.
Instead of focusing on the problem, we will have far better results and a far more positive outlook and mindset moving forward if we look for the opportunities it creates for us elsewhere.
Even if the obstacle in front of us is the only way forward, we must be able to see over it or around it in order to get where we are going.
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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