“Be like the rock that the waves keep crashing over.  It stands, unmoved and the raging of the sea falls still around it.” 

– Marcus Aurelius 

Let’s face it: life is chaotic.  From crying kids to an unappreciative client to that stubborn weight you’ve been trying to lose for years.  

Bruce Lee once famously suggested that we should “be like water.”  He continues by saying “Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup.” 

There is beauty in that.

But the issue with water is that it can be harmful.  If left unattested, it can rage and destroy an entire city. 

Instead, be the rock that the waves crash over, unaffected by whatever goes on in your day. 

Jocko Willink has a great motivational video called “Good.”  The crux is that you should respond to any of life’s challenges with “Good.”

Flat tire?  Good, I get to learn how to change one.  Baby woke me up early? Good, I get a head start on the day.  Broke my arm? Good, I get to spend more time reading.  

You’re not really excited about those things happening – but you’re training your mind to deal with adversity. 

You’re training yourself to become the unwavering rock. 

Take that with you today.

Be like the rock – or The Rock, if you so choose :).


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