Today is a good day for a bit of motivational philosophy. Yes, today is a good day. The right day! Because, sometimes, all we need is that little push in the back to let us know we are … Here … There … at the right time, at the right moment, doing what needs to be done. It’s that simple. There is no simple way of promising that the road to attainment will be an easy one. It won’t. In the end, it will be gratifying.
You do not have to be perfect. Perfectionism will kill your creativity. Excessive goal setting will limit your chances at greatness.
Bruce Lee, while developing his Gung Fu philosophy, used a water metaphor to exemplify resilience, based on the Chinese concept of wu wei [(sic)Trying not to try/the principle of spontaneous action governed by the mind instead of by the senses]:
“In order to control myself, I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature.”
“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.”
Pretty much self-explanatory and definitely worth trying. Trying not to try… And as he believed, always follow the natural bend of things without interfering; never go against nature itself and do not oppose your problems head-on. Instead, control them by undulating with them. Be like water.