Be like water

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

“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. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” That’s what the father of martial arts, Bruce Lee said. And that’s what I believe.

When I look at society, I see the troubles and I see the potential and there isn’t any of us who can shy away from either of those. We all have the potential to be great at anything we set our goals toward, and yet we are all susceptible to falling out of the race after being overcome with distraction.

What’s special about water is that it’s slow to move, and always finds the easy way – the right way- through situations. When it needs to be contained, it humbles itself and takes shape, making the best of the situation.

Too many times we get caught up in being what others expect of us, rather than being who we are. Water isn’t fake or two-faced, it’s simply a manager of the situation. A great manager. Why? Because no matter the situation, it never looks stressed or in an uncomfortable position. When we think of taking form to our surroundings, we think it ought to mean to change who we are. That’s not the case. Does water become anything other than itself? Even in the three states it is able to hold, we all remember it as its original form.

If you look at our leaders around us, whether on the job, in the church and in the government are you able to say he or she is who they say they are around the clock? Sure, there is a professional level that may change, but can you look at him or her and say that’s still my brother, sister, or friend? If you can’t that’s a problem, and I guarantee that’s why we’re fighting a losing battle when it comes to the betterment of our community.

When I look at these battles at City Hall and on the streets, you know it’s more interesting to see that there is more realness on the streets than of our elected officials. When the gangsters and thugs are fighting it out for territory or what have you, at least it’s something that’s dear to their hearts and mean something to them. A lot of times in City Hall, those guys and gals are just bickering for no reason or to pass his or her own agenda. The battle usually is never in the best interest of the people who voted him or her in office, but rather to keep another leader from prospering in the area.

That’s taking form, but of a different kind and not what Bruce Lee is referring to. Bruce Lee says to adapt, but succeed in doing so for the bettering of yourself and of others. We need to get back to being real with ourselves first and it’ll reflect to others. We need to be like water.