Bruce Lee: Be Like Water My Friends

Hello Friends,

Hope all is well. I love Bruce Lee. Not only for his movies but also for his philosophies. He took the view that traditional martial arts techniques were too rigid and formalistic to be practical in scenarios of chaotic street fighting. Lee decided to develop a system called Jeet Kun Do, which had an emphasis on "practicality, flexibility, speed, and efficiency".

Jeet Kun Do is not only a fighting style but also a philosophy. Up to this point, in traditional martial arts, there was a "way." Lee thought differently. He believed that there are many ways to earn victory. One must be flexible, adaptable, ever changing with the situation.

His was "the style, with no style." This is mindset that I like to take. This philosophy doesn't put you in a box. One can be successful in all situations if you apply these principles. One must train oneself to be adaptable whenever a challenge comes your way.

Lee practiced many styles to make up the "no style" technique. We too must study many aspects of life to be well rounded. Begin to branch out and explore new ideas. Don't limit yourself to what is comfortable and easy. Challenge yourself from time to time to learn something new. This knowledge gives you leverage. Ignorance gets you nowhere.

In the following video, Lee talks about being like water. Being fluid. Being able to become the shape of the container. We need to train our minds to be like this. Be as diverse as possible with your learning. Study the good and the bad. Try to get the whole picture. As you begin to develop your brain muscles, you will feel more comfortable in your environment. More confident. More sure of yourself. "Be like water my friends." Many blessings, and thanks for listening.


Sandpiper (Lin) said...

This is a really nice post, Dexter. I like the idea of it.

Dexter Francois said...

Hi SandPiper. Thanks for stopping by. Blessings!