Giorgio Delgado

Be Water, My Friend

April 29, 2014

As I write this, I'm wrapping up a refreshing stair climb situated within a tree-covered ravine. The 42 wooden steps that I lapped on blend perfectly with the surrounding forestry, and down below sits a calm stream that runs beyond eyesight. From start to finish, I was fully aware of the stream's presence but with headphones attached and music blaring, I did not fully encompass its voice. Only after my run did I turn my music off and began to listen. I then began to recall Bruce Lee's infamous quote:

Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless -- like water. Now you put water into 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.

The more I listened, the more I contemplated.

Water can be anything it wants: It can soothe you. It can harm you. It can save you.

Water can be cold, warm, solid, lightweight, and heavy.

Water has seen, felt, sensed, and travelled beyond the capacity of any one human being.

Yet it is what you and I are mostly composed of.