For a flower that looks so beautiful on the outside, one may not realize the dark and desperate journey it has to take in order to find sunlight.
In the bottom of a pond, deep in the muck is where a lotus flowers starts its journey. At first it’s just a seed. A tiny little thing that has no roots to keep it ground. It can so easily wash away with the flow of the current. Floating until it dies or sink into the muck and hang on for dear life. As it sits there, starting to grow it’s roots, it knows the only way to climb is up. A journey through treading water once again. A journey which as it begins is tiring. But as it grows, it starts to see that a light is in the near future. A light it has never seen before. What lays ahead? The darkness of the muck sometimes feels more comfortable than the growth it has to take.
But growth it must. Even if its just an inch a day. An inch more then when it first got started. And as it rises, it starts to feel the change in the water temperature. It was once freezing in the depths, not feeling much of anything. But now, it can start to feel some warmth. And as it looks around, the bud starts to see other flowers on the surface and for once, it wants to join in with the crowd. It wants to survive! It can hear the whispers from above, the whispers of those who were once in it’s place. The stories that are shared are ones of inspiration, hope, and faith that things will be better once it hits the surface.
And as it does…the flower starts to open. Not all at once, but one petal at a time. As the petals open they start to feel the sunlight. A new freedom from the darkness, a new warmth that only the sun can offer. And amazingly, it’s not alone. For it sees the others who have been on the same journey. It sees the others who have helped it grow.
~This is how I see the lotus flower and how it relates to the journey I have been on. I can only speak for myself and can only relate to what I feel. ~Amanda L.
~WHAT DOES THE LOTUS FLOWER MEAN TO YOU?