We are all capable of change.
Whether we embrace or reject this fact about ourselves determines who we will inevitably become.
If we embrace the possibility of our own evolution, we have the potential for near limitless growth in ourselves and in our relationships.
If, on the other hand, we reject our ability to change, if we insist that we are who we are no matter what and demand that the world accepts us as such with no consideration or compromise, there is very little hope that we will adapt and grow in our lives.
Change requires humility.
To stay the same in spite of all evidence and consequences is the epitome of arrogance.
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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