If a man is crossing a river

and an empty boat

collides with his own boat,

he won’t get offended or angry,

however hot-tempered he may be.

But if the boat is manned,

he may flare up, shouting and cursing,

just because there’s a rower.

Realize that all boats are empty

as you cross the river of the world,

and nothing can possibly offend you.


-Tao wisdom

Photo source: fisherman (China)