June 11, 2010

The Lotus


"Though my soul may sit in darkness, it will rise in perfect light, I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night."   ~Sarah Williams


I love the story of the Lotus flower, in fact, I have a tattoo of it; and I love that I am surrounded by it and constantly reminded of it at work.


If you are unfamiliar with the Lotus, here's just a tidbit.  The Lotus starts as a small flower at the bottom of the pond growing in the mud and muck.  Slowly, it grows upward towards the water's surface continually moving towards the light.  Once it comes to the surface of the water the Lotus begins to blossom into a beautiful fragrant flower.  So, one can see why many religions and cultures revere the Lotus as an analogy for life, or one's path.

Isn't that just perfect?  Something so beautiful comes from such a dark dirty place.  It's a true Cinderella story don't you think?  I like to think so.  I think our lives cycle many times, from seedling to full bloom, from dark to light, from despair to happiness.  But as long as we are always moving towards the light, we are growing.  As long as we are always reaching for something better, brighter, we won't fall back.  I'm always striving to move forward, spiritually, mentally,  in every capacity of my life.  I'm pretty sure I'll never find "enlightenment" if you will, but that's okay, I'm happy flawed, somewhat crabby, and a total mess.  If there's anything life has taught me in the last year, it is that things get better, it DOES all happen for a reason, and we have control over the path which we take.  The choice to change, to grow, is always present, a continual option, we must have the courage to take the leap.  Happy Friday all!

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