To Live Openly And Purposefully

Cynicism is an easy out. 

Looking for the good in life, in people, and in our circumstances requires much more effort and intention. 

A positive attitude and outlook must be cultivated, nourished, and maintained. 

Cynicism, on the other hand, excuses us from trying. 

It closes us off to possibility. 

With optimism comes the potential for disappointment. 

Cynicism offers no potential at all. 

Cynicism is a decision to stop living altogether, accepting mere existence as a safer alternative. 

Conversely, optimism is a decision to live openly and purposefully, accepting that to do so will often be painful and disappointing.  

‘To Live Openly And Purposefully’ by Robert Van Valkenburgh

HOLISTIC BUDO: As in Life, so too in Budo. As in Budo, so too in Life.

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