How this paper boat behaves is a good example of the principle of ‘not forcing things’ in our everyday lives.
If we know the direction of the current then we can have a pretty good idea where the paper boat will end up.
Without any force.
Could it be why some people are successful in life?
The Universe shows us all the time.
Going with the flow, rolling with the punches, cutting with the grain, swimming with the tide, sailing with the wind.
The Japanese marshal arts of Judo and Aikido are based on this principle.
It’s demonstrated in the action of water which does not force things but finds its way through and around every obstacle.
Same with life and we often miss it.
It’s a Taoist idea expressed in the term ‘wu wei’ meaning ‘not forcing things’.
Our society tends to take an opposite view, to force things to go our way.
And we can always be encouraged in our world to use money to get what we want.
That’s okay if its not forcing things.
I’m suggesting that it’s in our own interests to go with the flow, not to force things.
What if we have other choices.
What if we’re trying to control to our benefit something that is not in the end in our best interests.
That’s where ‘not forcing things’ can better work in our favour.
Because often we simply don’t really know what is in our best interests.
Often it’s best to leave it to our Destiny, our Karma, the Universe.
Life itself can be full of examples if only we’d give it a chance.
Sometimes we can be too busy trying to control our lives when we shouldn’t be trying to force things.
Better, maybe, to go with the flow.
For the past 30 years I’ve lived by not forcing things.
I had no choice.
I was bankrupt.
I chose to go with the flow to survive.
I was not prepared to be a victim.
And it worked.
Right now I’m writing my seventh book based on how I view my experiences.
Read more in my book ‘Man Steps Off Planet’.
It’s about how not forcing things led to incredible adventures and a life far beyond one of loss and poverty.
That would be missing the point.
We might call it serendipity.
Maybe it will change your life like it changed mine.
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>Further reading: ‘Tao: The Watercourse Way’ by Alan Watts.