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.

Shared Joy

Joy is sweeter when it is shared.  While we can and should find joy on our own, it is much easier to sustain and grow this feeling when we do so with and for others.  Our joy is not meant to exist purely in isolation.  Joy is intended to be a shared experience.  In fact,…

Dissatisfied Seeking

We are fickle creatures, easily distracted and dissatisfied, constantly chasing after this and that to quell our ego’s insatiable hunger for new, more, and better.  The problem with insatiability is that no amount of new, more, or better will put an end to our dissatisfaction.  So we continue to seek distractions, moving from one thing…

Beyond A Pragmatic Existence

Pragmatism, along with its attributes necessity, efficiency, frugality, and prudence, is a useful tool, especially with regards to necessity, but it is not an end in itself. The goal of pragmatism is not merely to be more pragmatic. It is a starting point. It helps us to survive and, if used wisely, to thrive. Pragmatism’s…