Be Like Water

There is a well known quote from Bruce Lee about fluidity in thought and action.
Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round 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.
Shihan Jerome recommended a book to me that takes it's title from that quote, Be Like Water: Practical Wisdom from the Martial Arts. Written by Joseph Cardillo, a student of Kempo, it has applications both in the study of martial arts and in daily life. It is a reflection on focusing on core principles that Aikidoka will recognize.

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