Think Liquid

My favorite chapter in Now Is Gone by friend, Geoff Livingston, is Think Liquid. Ironically, I read this chapter before going to an important social media strategy meeting this morning…to help frame my thoughts and disposition. When I return from my meeting, this Daily OM appears in my inbox:

 

April 11,
2008


Fluid Like a River
Living Like Water

The
journey of water as it flows upon the earth can be a mirror of our own paths
through life. Water begins its residence on Earth as it falls from the sky or
melts from ice and cascades down a mountain into a tributary or stream. In the
same way, we come into the world and begin our lives on Earth. Like a river
that flows within the confines of its banks, we are born with certain defining
characteristics that govern our identity. We are born in a particular time and
place, into a specific family, and with certain gifts and challenges. Within
these parameters, we move through life, encountering many twists, turns, and
obstacles along the way—just as a river flows.

Water is a great teacher that shows us how to move through the world with
grace, ease, determination, and humility. When a river breaks at a waterfall,
it gains energy and moves on. As we encounter our own waterfalls, we may fall
hard, but we always keep going. Water can inspire us not to become rigid with
fear or hold fast to what is familiar. Water is brave and does not waste time
clinging to its past but flows onward without looking back. At the same time,
when there is a hole to be filled, water does not flee from it, fearful of the
dark; instead, it humbly and bravely fills the empty space. In the same way, we
can face the dark moments of our life rather than running away from them.

Eventually, a river will empty into the sea. Water does not hold back from
joining with a larger body, nor does it fear a loss of identity or control. It
gracefully and humbly tumbles into the vastness by contributing its energy and
merging without resistance. Each time we move beyond our individual egos to
become part of something bigger, we can try our best to follow the lead of the
river.

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  • http://www.livingstonbuzz.com/blog Geoff Livingston

    There are no coincidences. Thank you for posting this.