“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud – the obstacles of life and its suffering. The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our situations in life are. Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one.”
Life is a struggle. They say this is a man’s world. As harsh as that may sound, it is the sad reality. This however should not deter you from becoming who God set you apart to be. He says before He formed you, he knew you, and before you were born, he set you apart.
Knowing your place in society (especially in the African culture where you are expected to cook and clean among other things) does not mean not going after what you want. We thrive even better with our goals achieved. Let fear not hold us back. Always remember to bloom boldly, but with grace.
If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong – Masaru Emoto.