“Nothing in the world is softer or weaker than water
Yet nothing is better at overcoming the hard and strong
This is because nothing can replace it”TTC 78 (Lin)
Oh fresh, stanky water, what a beautiful and mysterious creation we find ourselves dependent on. It is only two molecules, and yet it is essential for our very lives. It gives life and it transforms the land. It only flows where it does because of the physical nature of gravity, doing nothing but achieving incredible feats. It is incredible. It is a sage.
It gives and takes away two molecules, Hydrogen and Oxygen. Wow!
I am in awe of that wet ass, earthly breast milk, treating all of us mud pie’s like baby calves.
How can I be weak like and soft like water? I move where life is taking me. I am moving where life is taking me and doing what is in front of me. There is nothing more to it. Life is the gravity that directs us in the direction of being our most whole selves.
My life pushed me to the bedrock of my soul to wait and become clean once again until finally, I was pulled up by another and brought back to life through the service of another. That service transforms me until I am evaporated by the heat of good work being done and become once again with something greater than me. Into the atmosphere, I fly, misty-eyed and found. The culminating of all those before me mixing into a cocktail of love and life, to be poured out again onto the earth, and as we run over the land, we reshape it in the way that it requires for life to be renewed again.
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Bruce Lee’s well known “Longstreet” water remark sums this idea up well. His daughter Shannon has also written a surprisingly excellent book expanding upon that idea and how to employ it to make positive changes in your life.
One interesting story is that Bruce apparently had a REALLY hard time grasping the concept himself at first. Ip Man lectured him repeatedly on the idea and how Bruce was too rigid. Frustrated one day, he rowed out onto the bay to contemplate the idea and got frustrated enough that he started punching the water. Seeing the water react, flowing around his punches, unaffected as it crashed against the boat, finally made the idea click for him.