On Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm is fragile.

It is easily discouraged, stifled, or stolen.

Enthusiasm is also powerful.

It can inspire, empower, and transform lives.

For both of these reasons, enthusiasm must be acknowledged, protected, and encouraged.

But, enthusiasm can be quite rare.

It is often difficult to manifest and to maintain.

When we feel it in others or see it in ourselves, we should cherish it, nourish it, and give it room to grow and evolve.

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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