As we walk our path, from time to time, we will be get distracted.
Sometimes these distractions will cause us to stray off course.
This is an inevitability.
In fact, one could say that this, too, is part of the path.
But, our goal should be to ensure that, when go astray, we recognize it as quickly as possible, learn whatever lessons we were meant to learn, right whatever wrongs we are meant to right, and then get back on track before it is too late to do so.
After all, it is possible to go too far in the wrong direction, so far, in fact, that we never find our way back.
We do not want what could have been a mere detour to become a dead end.
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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