Resilience & The Lotus Flower

   It wasn’t until recently that I began thinking in-depth about why people are the way that they are. It takes a certain level of maturity to be reached in order to really understand the importance of being understanding towards others. A good habit to get into is to always treat others the way you want to be treated. We’re taught this at a very young age, but not the importance of it, and most of us seem to forget.
   Practicing gratitude each day is very important for your overall happiness. If we are never grateful for what we have, how can we ever feel satisfied? The key is to be thankful for all that is good, grateful that things are not worse, and hopeful for the future. Stay humble & kind, and you should never have a reason to doubt what you deserve.
   Everyone has gone through some sort of struggles in their life. Suffering is inevitable across the globe, throughout all creatures. All on different levels, all having different effects. However, each individual deals with their suffering in unique ways, some maybe not at all. That’s perfectly okay as long as you’re content and always pushing forward and working toward your future. Set goals for yourself & do your best to gradually work towards them.
   I love the comfort that the symbolism behind the lotus flower brings. The lotus grows in muddy waters, rising above into the sunlight, to present the world its beautiful petals. This growth itself represents new beginnings, the purity of the heart & mind, and the journey of one’s soul into the sunshine of enlightenment.
   The man I love used a lotus flower to cover up an old tattoo of his which reminded him of a dark time.
   I hope it brings him as much strength & comfort as he needs; same as all of you.

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