If comfort is the only tool that shapes our lives, then our lives will be uncomfortable in difficult times. To have a stronger life, difficulties are great tools that can shape us well to withstand difficult times. -Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next. -Ben Carson
Like the Lotus, you experience three primary stages of evolution. The first is marked by ignorance and darkness, when you lie below the dense mud, a closed chrysalis which, by nature of existence will eventually be pulled upwards by the warmth of the sun. The second is exemplified by the climb through the clouded waters of your emotional experience, yet still the flower reaches to the sun, knowing no other destiny, no other purpose. The third brings full illumination in the splendor of the light. The Lotus flower blossoms, baring its exquisite beauty to all those who are aware, enough to recognize God unfolding. -Patricia Cori
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 stations in life. 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 are to 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.
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.