Waiting With Ourselves

There is not enough time.

Those of us who are driven to act by whatever mysterious forces that are residing within us are acutely aware of this fact. 

This is especially true when we are asked to or made to wait. 

Waiting can be painful.

It can seem like punishment. 

It can feel torturous.

And yet, waiting has its lessons.

It can teach us a lot about ourselves, our relationships, and our lives. 

It can show us where we have previously been too hasty or not not decisive enough. 

It can reveal our weaknesses and our strengths.

Above all else, waiting forces us to live with ourselves, for better or worse. 

When there is nowhere for us to go, there we are. 


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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