“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.”
is the way of water.
There must be water for life to be,
and it can flow wherever.
And water, being true to being water
Those on the Way of Tao, like water,
need to accept where they find themselves;
and that may often be where water goes
to the lowest place, and that is right.
Like a lake
the heart must be calm and quiet
having great depth beneath it.
The sage rules with compassion,
and his word needs to be trusted.
The sage needs to know like water
how to flow around the blocks
and how to find the way through without violence.
Like water, the sage should wait
for the moment to ripen and be right:
water, you know, never fights
it flows around
(Chapter 8, Tao Te Ching)