Like Water

“Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle 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.”

-Bruce Lee


Keeping up with my thoughts is down right silly. At a young age it was obvious that I had ADD or whatever they call it now days, ADHD. My parents were asked to dose me with pills. I am so lucky that they refused. This is part of me, the way my brain works is natural, a bit crazy, but its my spin. Dosing my mind down with chemicals was/is not the solution. I understand fully how hard it is to live with an active mind. It is my bane, not being able to focus fully, losing thoughts before I have enough time to process them correctly, my mind spinning up faster than I can calm it down. I’ve lived with that my whole life.

So how do I make it work?

Often times I just let it go, let myself spin, rise to the challenge of holding on to thoughts, ideas, and actions. The productivity that can arise from the whirlwind of my thoughts can be utterly impressive.

Other times I let it go, without trying to grasp my thoughts.  Notions come into my head, and I make no effort to grab them. I just be. I slow down. I breathe deep. I tell myself to relax.

Mr. Lee’s thoughts of being, echo strongly in my mind. I strive to adapt my mind, not cement it in one way of thought, control, or view.

Slow down Darren. Let the waves take you. Breathe. Flow or crash. Either way don’t fight the current.


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