“The Secret Paths Of Water” – Photo Dedication to “Memoirs Of A Geisha”

One of my favorite novels is “Memoirs Of A Geisha“. It’s about a woman, Nitta Sayuri, who endures the worst conditions in her life from being sold into slavery at a very young age to becoming a Geisha. Through out her haunting story, she speaks with a wisdom of compassion and love and how she endures all of her hardships. One attribute for why Sayuri is able to overcome might be because she is said to have a lot of “water” in her personality. In light of this, the book is filled with the most beautiful and moving “water” quotes which have always stuck with me. So, this photo above (taken in the Black Hills National Forest of South Dakota) I dedicate to the element of “water”, Nitta Sayuri and her journey, and “Memoirs Of A Geisha”.

“Those of us with water in our personalities don’t pick where we’ll flow to. All we can do is flow where the landscape of our lives carries us.” More quotes….

“My mother always said my sister Satsu was like wood; as rooted to the earth as a Sakura tree. But she told me I was like water. Water can carve its way even through stone…and when trapped, water makes a new path…”

“Water flows from place to place quickly and always finds a crack to spill through. Wood, on the other hand, holds fast to the earth.”

“All right, if it’s a stream, you’re still free to be in this part of it or that part, aren’t you? The water will divide again and again. If you bump, and tussle, and fight, and make use of whatever advantages you might have…”

“I can see you have a great deal of water in your personality. Water never waits. It changes shape and flows around things, and finds the secret paths no one else has thought about — the tiny hole through the roof or the bottom of the box. There’s no doubt it’s the most versatile of the five elements. It can wash away earth; it can put out fire; it can wear a piece of metal down and sweep it away. Even wood, which is its natural complement, can’t survive without being nurtured by water. And yet, you haven’t drawn on those strengths in living your life, have you?”

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