The Good Life Project

In Search of The Bona Vita

Flowing water

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Here is another of my favorite quotes that has been in my life for at least 25 years. It comes from the I Ching which is one of the oldest classic Chinese texts. To me it speaks of patience and getting ready for change:

When flowing water…. meets with obstacles on its path,
a blockage in its journey,
it pauses.
It increases in volume and strength,
filling up in front of the obstacle and eventually spilling past it….

Do not turn and run,
for there is nowhere worthwhile for you to go.
Do not attempt to push ahead into the danger…
emulate the example of the water:
Pause and build up your strength
until the obstacle no longer represents a blockage


Author: ProjectGoodLife

Neil Bonavita is a Licensed Certified Social Worker and has been in private practice for 25 years doing individual, family and couple psychotherapy, personal coaching and small business consultations in the Philadelphia area. He is fluent in both Italian and English and enjoys working with individuals and business in the Italian-American community. Neil especially enjoys assisting Italians who have relocated to the US or who are doing business in the US navigate the cultural differences for a smoother, more-fulfilling and prosperous experience. As translated from his name "Bonavita," this blog has been created as an outlet for Neil to share his personal perspective on creating a "Good Life" - a balanced and fulfilling life realized through living a full, active life here in the greater Philadelphia area and beyond. You'll find some recommendations here for tips and resources to create your own "Good Life" however this blog is not intended to serve as a resource for formal counseling or professional advice.

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