We can either wait to be happy or we can take action toward that result.
Neither choice guarantees us success.
We may fail either way.
The difference is that waiting is almost certain to result in failure.
While action, on the other hand, at least gives us a fighting chance.
Happiness, as it turns out, rarely ever comes to us on its own.
It must be sought and worked for.
In this way, it is like everything else worth having in life.
We must be careful that we do not allow ourselves to become so immersed in the seeking itself, however, that we miss our target altogether.
Happiness is not actually that far away.
In fact, most of the work we need to do in order to find it is within ourselves.
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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