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I love how simple hot water can instantly turn a dusty pile of crumbs and crinkled shreds into yummy miso soup. It is quite amazing how a complex mixture of ingredients, flavours and textures can be reduced into the essence of soup by dehydration.

Imagine sucking all the water out of a complex situation to reduce it to its core elements. Wouldn’t that make problem analysis and understanding that much easier?

Water is like a combination of our beliefs, assumptions, experience, thoughts and feelings. It mixes with all the input and stimuli of a given situation and muddies everything up into a complex, rich soup.

With practice, we can cultivate a greater awareness of what we bring to a given situation, and the lenses through which we perceive that situation. And in doing so, we stand a better chance of removing the water and getting to the core essence of that situation.