be water, my friend

quote graphic empty your mind... by Bruce Lee

“Be like water making its way through cracks.

Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it.

If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water.

If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and 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.”

—  Bruce Lee

If today’s quote inspires you, and you want to know more about it’s origin, I invite you to pop over to Zen Pencils, and read this article.

Zen Pencils is a website where inspirational quotes from famous people are adapted into cartoons by artist Gavin Aung Than, a freelance cartoonist based in Melbourne, Australia.

I feel like Gavin is an artistic soul mate, the way he uses inspirational quotes as a jumping off place into even more creative work. Here’s what he made from the Bruce Lee quote:

artwork by zenpencils - bruce lee quote be water my friend

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I hope this inspires you to play with image in your journaling today.

Don’t worry if you don’t think you can draw. Pretend you’re five years old, get some crayons, and remember what it felt like to color before you didn’t think you could.

Alternatively, you could also make a collage with scraps of pretty paper, and cut up some of those old Asian Art books you might lying around for the illustrations.

Cut up perfectly good books? Paint over and alter images of the Old Masters?

Yes, it happens at my house.

For example:

Procrastinators Rejoice, collage by Lisa Sonora

Procrastinators Rejoice, collage inside Wisdom Journal Sketchbook by Lisa Sonora

As you can see, I love to play around with headlines clipped from magazines in my art, too.

Today’s Journal Prompts:

In my journal writing, I can be like water by…

In my creative work, I can be turn rigidness into flow by…

I empty my mind right now of…

In my life, I can be like water by…

In Case you’re just popping in today for the 30 Day Journal Project: 


Day 1 on this project is all about creative beginnings.

Here you’ll find an index with links to all of posts in this project.

Today’s post is Day 22 / 30: be water, my friend

Have you tried Lazy Journaling?


Last year when I offered the first 30 Day Journal Project, I found that having the prompts printed out in advance helped me get right into my journaling for the day.

I think of this as lazy journaling. :)

Fill in the blank, and you’re done!

After I made these for myself, I prettied up the design (and added another layout) so you could use them, too.

This is what I’m using for my own journaling.

See a sample of some of my pages here 

There is another layout for cutting and pasting into an existing journal. I’ll share photos or a video of these at some point this month.

Get ALL 30 days of prompts & quotes (plus one bonus day) with 2 different layout designs.

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Beauty & Connection
Each inspirational quote for the 30 Day Journal Project has a pretty visual graphic for you to print out and paste your journal, add to your Pinterest gallery, or share as you wish.

You are invited to share your experience in the comments—the dream is to collect your stories for an upcoming book about this project.

Use the hashtag #30DAYJOURNAL in your blog and social media posts so we can find each other and build our creative community.

It’s the end of January: Time to Bundle UP!

Dreaming on Paper: The Creative Sketchbook, pretty badge

Dreaming on Paper: The Creative Sketchbook starts on February 11, and is now open for registration.

This online workshop is the foundational, prerequisite course for the creative entrepreneur workshops and facilitator training.

Right now, you can get it on special as part of BundleUP!

You’ll get lifetime access to 3 online workshops: Dreaming on Paper,  Creative + Practice, & The 7 Creative Powers. 

Details are on my workshops page. BundleUp! is available through January only.

 In A Manifesto for the Hesitant Dreamer I share more about what Dreaming on Paper is all about, and what we do.

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