Surprise Saturday: Be Water, My Friend

I’m an Aquarius. I guess it makes sense that water is my favorite element.

Water doesn’t look left or right. It just makes its way however it can. It adapts. But it always perseveres. Even at rest, water still slowly eats away at its surroundings.

Water is the ultimate balance. That’s why Bruce Lee’s “be like water” analogy has remained so popular to this day. It perfectly captures this balance we all need.

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.”

Water is a slow judge. It asks: “What shape do I need to be?” It conforms to whatever it’s in touch with, one drop at a time. But that requires an empty mind.

“Empty your mind. Be formless. Shapeless. Like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow, or it can crash.”

Despite having no form on its own, despite being infinitely soft, water is one of, if not the strongest element on earth. It can trickle, it can flow, or it can rage.

“Water may seem to move in contradiction, even uphill, but it chooses any way open to it so that it may reach the sea. It may flow swiftly or it may flow slowly, but its purpose is inexorable, its destiny sure. Be water, my friend.”

All of this is a great reminder to keep flowing. Have plans, but don’t force them on life.

When the universe says “no,” listen. Take a different route. Adjust. When you get stuck, persist slowly rather than failing spectacularly. When a crisis hits, summon your strength. And when you’re cruising along, don’t race down the hill too fast.

Thanks to its never-ending balancing act, water always finds its way back home. Sooner or later, it eventually reaches the sea. And, when you’re water, that’s exactly where you’re meant to be.

Be water, my friend.

-Nik


About Surprise Saturday: In the long run, the only good pattern breaking our patterns. That’s why, every once in a while, we need a shock to the system. An unexpected idea. A creative surprise. That’s what we’ll unwrap every Saturday.

Picasso said he didn’t seek. He just found. Let’s keep exploring.


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