It is time to show the strength of water and flow away… To stand is to be crushed, but to flow out is to gather new strength.—Marge Piercy—
Water is one of the strongest elements on earth: it can’t be broken; it can assume many shapes; it joins easily with itself. When it reaches a certain mass, moving water presents an irresistible force.We might do well to learn to acquire the strength of water temporarily; to be able to lose ourselves for a time, in concert with others, and then to reclaim our identities. We needn’t fear their loss. We are unique personalities, and our selfhood is intact. How successful I would be if I could use the strength of water when I need it; the purity of air, the solidity of earth, and the appetite of fire.