Meaning Finds Us

When we put too much effort into our search for meaning, it may pass us by.

As we work through life’s challenges, we inevitably want to know why we are going through what we are going through.

We hope there is purpose behind our struggles.

We want to know that it all means something.

Suffering for the sake of suffering, we tell ourselves, cannot be what life is all about.

So we search for meaning.

If we cannot find what we are looking for, we ascribe meaning to that which we have experienced or are experiencing, insisting that, if only we try hard enough, we will figure it all out.

Quite often, however, meaning finds us.

When we stop fighting back against the pressures put upon us and accept our present state of existence, settling into life as it is instead of as we wish it to be, we discover that there is purpose in every moment, every interaction, and every breath.

Seeking is part of the process, but meaning is found here and now, as we are and as life is.

‘Meaning Finds Us’ by Robert Van Valkenburgh

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

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