If you think you can’t Be Like Water, you are mistaken. The fact is we can be like water in the sense that we allow things to ‘roll off our back’ and ‘allow things to move around us’.
Consider for a moment how impossible it is to grasp water with a clenched fist. You simply can’t do it but you can allow the water to flow freely over your hand. Taking this approach when dealing with life on life’s terms, so to speak, will allow us to ALLOW.
Instead of being so rigid in the way we think, we can be more flexible and let go of all of the unenforceable rules that we’ve created in our minds as to how things should be. These rules keep us fighting to make things the way we ‘need’ them to be in order for us to be comfortable. I cover this topic in my book in Chapter 11, ‘Self’ Discipline, OK ‘Even If’ and it made a huge difference in my life as I changed my perception and practiced mindful thinking.
No true peace can ever come from playing puppet master in our world because nothing will ever be the way it ‘should be.’ Nobody has been put on this earth to make us happy or meet our needs or do things the way we think they should be done. We have to meet our own individual needs and allow other people to meet theirs. ~ Chapter 11, Living in the Pause
Be Like Water
In Dr. Dyers book, Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life I learned that Lao Tzu likened the Tao itself to water, flowing and not fighting.
Here is Verse 8 form the Tao Te Ching
The supreme goodness is like water,
nourishing all of creation
without trying to compete with it.
It gathers in the low places unpopular with men.
Therefore it is like the Tao.
In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In dealing with others, be gentle and kind.
In speaking, stand by your word.
In governing, lead with integrity.
In making a move, choose the right moment.
One who lives in accordance with nature
does not go against the way of things.
He moves in harmony with the present moment,
always knowing the truth of what must be done.
Be Like Water