“Water and words… Easy to pour impossible to recover.”
There is a saying in Chinese that refers to a story regarding spilled water. It is a reference to two main concepts. One is that water is hard to recover or “recapture”. The other is that once something is done it cannot be changed, it has already happened.
I would like to elaborate on this as it is never impossible to do anything, nor is anything completely certain. Even death and taxes are not certain. No one can say 100% you will for sure get taxed or die, or even walk through a wall. I would not try any of these things because chances are extremely great that we will all owe taxes, we will all die, and we will not be able to walk through a wall.
Nothing is completely certain. On the other hand, everything has already happened and we know that with all likelihood, they will happen. Knowing that we will all die, makes life more precious. Knowing that water has already spilled or a plate has already broken makes us appreciate every moment we have with those things.
This quote is also a reminder of how powerful our words can be. It is so easy to spit out hateful words that we don’t mean, without thinking. We need to be more careful when speaking, and even practice hesitating from speaking most of the time.
There is an old Native American saying that states, “we have two ears and one mouth as we should listen twice as much as we speak”. This is a good message. We all are too often waiting to speak, rather than truly listening. Let us not spill out words like water that we cannot collect or is a big mess to clean up.
Let us not spill the water or words in the first place.