It Was Enough

When we were teenagers, my friends and I would sneak out at night, lie down at the bottom of my driveway, and stare up at the stars. …and it was enough. ‘It Was Enough’ by Robert Van Valkenburgh HOLISTIC BUDO: As in Life, so too in Budo. As in Budo, so too in Life.

Healthy Giving

The things that make others happy may not be the things that make us happy.  As long as the things that make us happy are not overtly selfish, destructive, or harmful, this is perfectly alright. While being helpful, useful, and generous is necessary if we want to lead meaningful, fulfilling lives, we are not expected…

The Flaws Of Others

When we find ourselves criticizing others, whether publicly or in the privacy of our own thoughts, we should stop to consider where we have been guilty of the same attitudes and behaviors that we find so objectionable.  It is highly likely, with some rare exceptions, that, at one point or another, perhaps even currently, we…

Conducive To Peace

While we should try to create circumstances in our lives that are conducive to peace, this will likely prove to be impossible.  We cannot control everyone and everything.  Life and the people around us will never fully cooperate with our plans.  Beyond that, we, ourselves, may not actually know what conditions will bring peace to…

Distance For Contentment

Much of the time, the source of our contentment or discontentment can be found within us.  However, certain places, circumstances, or relationships are much more likely to make us feel discontented than others.  Whether by design or coincidence, they are overwhelmingly difficult, unpleasant, or frustrating to deal with.  This is true regardless of how we…