Today is Earth Day. Since 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, let’s look at what water can teach us about life.
The following lessons are supported by a quote to remind you of the deeper truth.
Life Lessons from Water
- Water and life are constantly changing. Accept this fact and stop trying to control the outcome. You will discover a deep peace that pervades everything.
No man steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man. -Heraclitus
- Respond to life with fluidity and vulnerability. Because life is always changing and you have no control over the outcome (see Lesson 1), be open but persistent. Pursue your passions and accept the outcome.
Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft and yield will overcome whatever is rigid and hard.
This is another paradox: what is soft is strong. -Lao-Tzu
- Love expands your heart. The more open and vulnerable you are, the more you will learn about life. Compassion, empathy and generosity are natural byproducts of an open heart.
Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container. -Wallace Stevens
As you move through your day, be like water. Soft, fluid, tenacious, and focused. Open to change and flowing around, under, or through obstacles. Rigid, fixed beliefs and judgments are softened by the power of your heart.
Life is not meant to make you happy. Life is how we become conscious. -Eckhart Tolle
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