Water, which is crucial to our survival, has qualities that far transcend its most basic functions. Looking at some of its characteristics one realizes that is far more than a “thirst quencher”.
Water has the ability to adapt itself totally to its environment. When the temperature gets too high it becomes steam and it changes to ice when things are too cold. It can also change its shape to conform to that of the container. What is remarkable about water, is that it manages to maintain its identity under the most varied circumstances.
Water is everflowing and always manages to find its level. When something gets in the way, it goes around and takes the path of least resistance. On those occasions where an obstacle seems insurmountable, it steadily gains strength and force until it finally overcomes. There is an unyielding and steady effort that water generates which regards all obstacles, no matter how high or big, all thing in waters path are deemed temporary.
Calm water is like a mirror and gives a picture of all that is around. Conversely troubled waters only reflect the turmoil within. When a person approaches a problem with calm and composure then like the reflection on calm water he sees everything. So also when a problem causes turmoil then like the troubled water on confusion is seen. When it becomes agitated it becomes difficult to see, but if you allow it to settle, it all becomes clear.
Imagine an intellect as calm, a will as relentless and indomitable and a personality as adaptable as water and you will have envisioned a mind like water.
Imagine throwing a pebble into a still pond. How does the water respond? The answer is, totally appropriately to the force and mass of the input; then it returns to calm. It doesn’t overreact or under react.
Once you apply this methodology of thinking you will see desirable results. Water is the fundamental of all life as we know it, it’s the strongest natural transparent substance we have, it covers 70% of our planet and it makes up about 60% of the human body.
For me this just affirms the power of water. I haven’t quite mastered it as Bruce Lee has, but I definitely use water as my mental and physical guide – especially when I am fighting on all facets.