Life Lessons From Water

In mid August I spent three nights last week at a Cooking and Walking retreat in the the Scottish Highlands.  It was tonic for the soul.

  • We stayed in a house that overlooked the majestic, shimmering stillness of the Loch Ness.
  • We chanced upon joyful brooks of gushing rivers and streams.
  • We marvelled at the waterfall in the middle of the woods.
  • We walked along the man made canals that were dug by hand more than a 100 years ago.

I was reminded why I love being around water so much.  There is something magical, mystical about water and the way it portrays so many emotions.

Water is unique in the way it adapts itself to its ecosystem and in its ability to simply go with the flow. It takes the path of least resistance. And yet in its gentle or fierce wake it leaves an impact.

Water is life-giving in such an understated way that we often take it for granted, even berate it.  How often do we moan about the rain, especially in places like the UK?  Until there isn't enough water and suddenly we're reminded just how much we need it in our lives.

Water mixes with most things and will happily blend in taking on a new consistency, colour, flavour, taste and character that makes it unrecognisable.

Water is open and without judgment. For instance water and oil don't mix, and yet they co-exist whilst still staying separate.  

Perhaps we can learn a thing or two from water.

In times of stress when it is not clear what the right answer is, could you ask yourself this question: what would water do?

That's what Raymond Tang discovered helped him overcome the anxiety and overwhelm that modern life often heaps upon us.  You can watch his gem of a Ted Talk on the lessons water teaches us.