Be as water is
Flow around the edges of that which is in your path ...
Maybe this from Bruce Lee, in 'A Warrior's Journey' (2000):
"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."
or this, claimed as his own by one Michael McCafferty on his website:
Be Like Water
When your path encounters a block,
be like water and simply flow around it,
or with patience rise up over it.
Water is persistent, and shapes the hardest rock.
But the immediate reaction of water is to go around.
To treat the block as nonexistent.
And to continue to seek the endless sea.
This is the genius of water.
or maybe something else to be found here:
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Or maybe this one, attributed on the Internet to a Noel McGinnis:
Be as water is without friction. Flow around the edges of those
within your path. Surround
within your ever-moving
depths those who come to rest
there - enfold them, while never
for a moment holding on. Accept whatever distance others
are moved, within your flow.
Be with them gently, as far as
they allow your strength to take them, and fill with your own being
the remaining space when they are left behind.
When dropping down life's rapids, froth and bubble into
fragments if you must,
knowing the one of you-now many
will just as many times be one again. And when
you've gone as far as you can go,
quietly await your next beginning.
It seems that various people had the same idea.
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