Thought for the Day
“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water,
yet nothing can resist it.”
~ Lao Tzu
Born Unknown, 6th–4th centuries BC
Died Unknown, 6th–4th centuries BC
Laozi (Chinese: ??; pinyin: L?oz?; Wade-Giles: Laosi; also Lao Tse, Lao Tu, Lao-Tzu, Lao-Tsu, Laotze, Lao Zi, Laocius, and other variations) was a philosopher of ancient China, and is a central figure in Taoism (also spelled “Daoism”). Laozi literally means “old master”, and is generally considered honorific. Laozi is revered as a deity in most religious forms of Taoism.
Personal understanding of this thought:
To me this thought brings forth many images from river worn rocks in a creek bed all the way to massive valleys carved by rivers such as the grand canyon. Water is easily broken apart and is easily morphed and manipulated into many shapes, however even the hardest things on earth can be worn away by water in time.
People are much the same way. You may one day come across someone who is hard or tough or stubborn and yet you wish to know who they really are. If you keep to treating them in kind, soft ways they will not be able to resist it and one day their though outer shell will wear down and once that happens a true understanding of who that person really is can begin.