Tao Te Ching praised water’s character which to contribute itself. It indicated that people who had high moral character were like water and described their characteristics. Master Ou also praised water’s characteristics of contribution in his song, “Asking Running Water”, and he made it easier to understand:
“Running water said:
I am running to the ocean at the end of the world,
Running to great earth’s deep spaces,
Letting everything be nourished,
Letting life be full of spirit and vigor—"
This is my ideal, my ideal;
This is also my good fortune and happiness!"
"My ideal", "good fortune" and "happiness" exactly described water's noble character.
Master Ou took himself as an example to guide us to learn from water and devote ourselves:
“Running water, running water,
Thank you, thank you!
Thanks for your true revelation,
Your affection running into my heart,
Your ideal entering my heart.
I am willing, I am willing
To devote my share of true passion and ideals
And together, to be as spirited as you!”
I found Master Ou’s song is easy to understand and yet very touching. “Asking Running Water” motivates me to try to be as good as water.