Not All Difficulty Is Necessary

Life is difficult enough without us making it more difficult than it needs to be.

This does not mean we should avoid difficulty.

Not only is that impossible, but it is also impractical if we are dedicated to growth and progress in ourselves, our lives, and our relationships.

We should, however, do our best to avoid unnecessary difficulty.

Unnecessary difficulty does not lead to growth or progress.

In fact, it leads us in the opposite direction.

We must be careful, therefore, to not add unnecessary stressors, burdens, or commitments to our already full lives.

We likely have enough of these that are necessary.

We do not need to add more that are unnecessary.

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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