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Bruce Lee was a hustler, fighter, and a Hollywood superstar. But he was also a Zen master, philosopher, and perpetual learner. This was one of his favorite stories:
A learned man once went to visit a Zen teacher to inquire about Zen. As the Zen teacher talked, the learned man frequently interrupted to express his own opinion about this or that. Finally, the Zen teacher stopped talking and began to serve tea to the learned man. He poured the cup full, then kept pouring until the cup overflowed.
“Stop,” said the learned man. “The cup is full, no more can be poured in.”
“Like this cup, you are full of your own opinions,” replied the Zen teacher. “If you do not first empty your cup, how can you taste my cup of tea?”
You're ambitious. You've got big plans. You want to achieve your lofty goals. But you also want to be a good person. You want to be calm and compassionate and kind. You want to enjoy life along the way, be happy in the now, and stay curious.
These seemingly opposing goals can make us feel torn inside. But if you asked Bruce Lee, he would've told you they're two sides of the same coin: Living a balanced life.
Achieving this balance requires lots of things, but, most of all, it requires an empty cup. To challenge our preconceived notions at every turn. To engage with new ideas. To always keep an open mind. Empty Your Cup will help you do just that.
Learn To Live A Balanced Life
Every day, I'll share a bold perspective, an old piece of wisdom, a short story or a harebrained idea. Whatever it takes to get your gears spinning, open your mind, and look at life - look at yourself, really - from a new angle. So that you can move forward without losing the spring in your step.
Bruce Lee undoubtedly possessed this quality. In a life that spanned just 32 years, he achieved everything we've ever dreamed of and then some. Yet, he didn't let any of it get to his head. We could do worse than follow in his footsteps.
I hope you'll join me on this quest. May we all find balance in his legacy.
“I have to leave now, my friend. You have a long journey ahead of you, and you must travel light. From now on drop all your burden of preconceived conclusions behind, and "open" yourself to everything and everyone ahead. Remember, my friend, the usefulness of a cup is in its emptiness.” - Bruce Lee
Who writes this newsletter?
Hi! I’m Nik.
Just a shy German kid with a laptop, a love for stories, and an obsession with writing.
And while I don’t know what I’m doing any more or less than any other artist, I’ve managed to write professionally for almost five years now.
I have more ideas than I can write about, but less time than it takes to turn each one into a full-fledged essay. Sharing them as micro-blogs in a daily newsletter sounded like fun, so here we are!
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Those being sold to the highest bidder by greedy corporations is a lot worse than us directly supporting the art we believe in with a few replenishable dollars. So if you believe in mine, you should pay for it. Plain and simple.
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