Wisdom of Life

Bruce Lee: The Meaning of Life… be like water

The meaning of life is that it is to be lived,
and it is not to be traded and
conceptualized and squeezed
into a patter of systems.


You can never step in the same water twice, my friend. Like flowing water, life is perpetual movement. There is nothing fixed.

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.

Life is an every flowing process. And somewhere on the path some unpleasant things will pop up, and they might leave a scar. But then life is still flowing, and like running water, when it stops it grows stale. So go bravely on, my friend, because each experience teaches us a lesson. Keep lasting because life is such that sometimes it is nice and sometimes it is not.

The doubters said,
“Man can not fly,”
The doers said,
“Maybe, but we’ll try,”
And finally soared
In the morning glow
While non-believers
Watched from below.


Excerpts from Bruce Lee’ sayings.

Excellence Reporter 2019

Categories: Wisdom of Life

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