We are meant to wonder.
We are not meant to know everything, or to think that we do.
Without a sense of wonder, we stop seeking.
Without a sense of wonder, we cannot experience awe, spontaneity, or surprise.
Without a sense of wonder, we become cynical, bitter, and rigid.
A sense of wonder guides us towards life’s purpose.
A sense of wonder drives us to seek, to try, to fail, and to seek some more.
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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