I can't believe I missed this a few years ago. First, watch the video for the spoken script (email subscribers click through for the video):
"That's you. Drops of water.
and you're on top of the mountain - a success.
but one day, you start sliding down the mountain,
you think, "wait a minute - I'm a mountain top waterdrop,
I dont' belong in this valley, this river, this dark ocean, with all these drops of water.
Then one day it gets hot, and you slowly evaporate in the air, way up,
higher than any mountain top, all the way to the heavens.
Then you understand it was at your lowest you were closest to god.
Life's a journey that goes round and round, and the end is closet to the beginning.
So if it's change you need, relish the journey."
That clip and quote are from the Joaquin Phoenix mockumentary "I'm still here".
It seems hokey, but I swear I could have used that script more than a few times in my career when talking to a fallen star who had simply worn our his/her welcome at the current company but had clear talent.
And no, none of those folks wanted to be rappers.