Seeking the Watercourse Way, Taoism: Sacred Wisdom Texts

At the coast, the ocean carves the sand. Water pools in the dank silt of the inlet where mosquitoes swarm and bog turtles hide. The Tao Te Ching (translation: “The Way and its Power”), written by Lao Tzu, directs my attention to the humility, flexibility and power of water.  Can I be like water, flow downhill into places that many people reject and still retain my true nature? Is this what compassion looks like?