Chanced upon this article detailing some of Bruce Lee's teachings and thought that it contained some pretty useful quotes which we could all apply to our lives.
1. "The medicine for my suffering I had within me from the very beginning, but I did not take it. My ailment came from within myself, but I did not observe it until this moment. Now I see that I will never find the light unless, like the candle, I am my own fuel."
Action Step: Start noticing where you are struggling in your life; it might be something big or small. Start journaling your observations without judgment. Decide to move in a positive direction and seek the tools that are out there that will help you with constructive motion. Keep moving forward and celebrate each win.
- "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."
Action Step: The next time you are faced with an obstacle or some criticism, don't become rigid, combative, or defensive. Feel yourself flowing around the problem like a stream moving easily around a giant boulder.
- "Walk on."
Action Step: Do you have a phrase that helps you when you're stuck? Find or write a phrase that can help you with whatever you are struggling with right now.
- "Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless and add what is essentially your own."
Action Step: If you are repeating an old practice, pattern, or path that is no longer working for you, is there a way to modify it to be more useful? You don't need to stay on a road that someone else paved. You can create one that suits your unique mission.
- "Under the sky, under the heavens there is but one family."
Action Step: Think about a group, community, or individual who you have negative or stereotypical judgments about. Can you create a moment of common ground where you can see each other as human beings? It could be a brief conversation about a favorite food, a movie, love for animals, etc. Something that gives you the experience of our human connectedness. We all have much more in common than we think.
My fave quote prolly is no.2. How about yours? Think you could use any for your daily life?