AMBIENT THOUGHT – EPISODE Sixty Two

The following and all of the other episodes to come are snapshots of what goes on in my head, now and in the past. There are times none of this will make sense. There will be times when I might get lucky and the blog I post will be well constructed and will flow like a mountain stream to an awaiting lake below. Other times it will seem like the ramblings of a madman and you’ll ask yourself, “What the……?”
You should probably get use to the latter.

EPISODE SIXTY TWO:  Be Like Water…water-321524_1920

In the history of the world, we have seen people say great things. They have said words that have moved us to a cause as a nation or even as a individual.

I’ll name some:
Abraham Lincoln
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mahatma Gandhi
The Dalai Lama
Malala Yousafzai
Bruce Lee

Huh?

Did he just say Bruce Lee?

Yep, indeed I did.

Fans of him will give me credit on this.
Here’s some quotes from him:
Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.
A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.
Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.
If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.

But there is one that has stuck with me every since I read it. It’s simple and to the point and as deep as you can get.

“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.”

Be like water.

It’s simple but deep. Maybe like water.

When I first heard this quote from him, it was a slow burn. It took a minute to really sink in. And when it did, it was like a splash of cold water to my face.

Being like water is to be shapeless and clear and giving but also powerful. Water can turn boulders into pebbles over time. It can shape the land and over time it can cut out a useless turn in its flow and straighten. Water can bring life and without it, things can dry up and die.
Water washes the dirt from our hands and our eyes, to help us see more clearly.

It is shapeless until being poured into a vessel. Hopefully it’s a vessel without cracks so the water stays intact.

I could say so many different things, so many different analogies how we are like water if we think about it.

But it comes down to these:
Be clear.
Be fluid in your thinking.
Nourish.
Let yourself flow straight and cut out unneeded ways.
Be strong and crash through barriers that hold you back.

I used to be scared of deep water. I couldn’t imagine being in the middle of the ocean with miles of water below me. Water so deep there is no light. Water so deep and dark that living creatures have evolved their own bio-lighting systems. The water pressure is so strong, that it could crush your body into a fine red mist.
I have had horrible dreams of falling off a ship in the middle of the ocean and I go under and fall, fall, fall. I stay alive, not needing air but I can’t swim. I look up and see the light fading. And I feel the crushing weight of the water pushing against my body.
My last thoughts before my body implode is how alone I am and nobody will ever know what happened to me.
POP!!!

But, after never being on a ship, I went on one in Destin, Florida to go out and see dolphins. A few days before, there had been some storms that caused the gulf to churn and cause eight foot swells. Before hand, I was really nervous. I thought about taking sea sickness pills but was afraid they would make me feel worse. I did buy these bracelets that are suppose to help.
We got out and the ship was taking the swells really well. But you had to hang on to keep from falling. It was a two story ship and people were on the lower decks getting sick.
Me? I was having a great time. My stomach did not once feel weird or not once did I come close to feeling like I needed to lose what food I had in my stomach and chum the water.
As a matter of fact, when we got off, it was lunch time and I was hungry. And I ate well.

I took to it…. like a fish to…..well, you know.

I was like water.

We should all be more like water. But when you pour yourself into something, make sure it doesn’t leak.

-Loyd Elmore
March 24th, 2017

 

I’ve decided to keep a blog about how I’m dealing with depression. I’m going to consider this a form of therapy. It might not help anybody else but it might help me.

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