It has been 40 years since Bruce Lee, Li Jun-Fan, passed away. He was a true pioneer. Not just in the world of Martial Arts but in breaking down societal barriers. He wanted, first and foremost, to be seen as a Human Being. Not Asian. Not his skin color. A human being. To quote Bruce from his interview on the Pierre Burton Show, (being a little flippant with the first part) “As Confucius Say,” but under the sky, under the heavens there is but one family”.” He smashed through racial boundaries, dogma and to become one of the biggest superstars in the world today.
Bruce Lee was also a philosopher. As a student of philosophy he didn’t really break and new ground in the field. What he did do was, just as in his own personal interpretation of the martial arts (Jeet Kune Do), combine different ways and schools of thought into his own way. He lived that way to the fullest up until the day he died. He was the one person who began my intense interests in philosophy and psychology (all be they layman’s interests). As a matter of fact, many of my interests are due to this man. Being eclectic is not only versatile it is liberating.
So, today, honestly express yourself and do your best at whatever you do. By doing these things you will not only be on your way to a phenomenal day but you will also be honoring the life and memory of this great Human Being.
Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water.
Now you put water in 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.