In traditional Chinese philosophy, Water is classified as one of the Wu xing (Chinese: pinyin: wǔxíng), or the Five Elements, also translated as five phases, five movements or five steps, by which all natural phenomena can be explained. The system of five elements was used for describing interactions and relationships between phenomena. It was employed in many fields of early Chinese thought, including seemingly disparate fields such as geomancy and Feng shui, astrology, traditional Chinese medicine, Chinese alchemy, music, military strategy and martial arts. The original foundation for the idea is based on the concept of the Five Cardinal Points.

I believe it is important to understand the early beliefs the ancient people to truly appreciate what we have. While you may not believe in Chinese philosophy, it does include some important things. For example: Water can be fluid and weak, but can also wield great power when it floods and overwhelms the land. Something that seems weak can hold untold power within. Perhaps it’s hinting on something: don’t be quick to judge, and don’t abuse what you have. I don’t know what your view on global warming is, but with all of the statistics of the pollution and the warming seas, it doesn’t look great. Why? -Because we abuse the natural resources that we have.

Have you ever listened to the waves gently crashing on the shore? (If not, it sounds like *Pshhhhhhhh*) Ok, off track, sorry. Anyways, the sound of the waves crashing is usually correlated with a calming sense. The negative emotion is fear. The massive body of water that gives you that calming sensation can also ruin lives and cause mass destruction. While it’s a morbid thought, it is very true. Instead of worrying about it, do something that improves the condition of the water around you. Help de-pollute rivers, steams, and oceans.

While you can’t ultimately stop monsoons and hurricanes, do not have what I call the “not-enough mentality“. “I’m only one person; there is no way I could help.” Those are the kinds of thoughts that degrade our society.

Get out there and do something, others are bound to follow, and if not, what could you possibly be hurting?