On Impulse

Our impulses betray us.

They do not care about consequences or collateral damage.

They do not care about feelings or relationships.

They demand action without forethought.

They only want satisfaction.

But, it is not our satisfaction they want.

It is their own.

And, they do not care what or who they destroy in order to get it.

If we are not careful, our impulses will leave us defeated and alone.

We deserve better and the people around us do as well.

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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