“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. ”
“Timing is everything.
Everyone knows that plants need water. But overwatering them will make their roots rot and the plant will perish. Not watering them sufficiently will make them dry and wilt. What’s the point of watering a dead plant? If it’s not done on time, it’s of no use. Just as plants thrive on water, human beings thrive and grow on love and encouragement.
Think of the times when an unexpected call from an old friend made your day. The times when people smile at you and you feel inexplicably happy. The time when loved ones drop in just to check up on you and make sure you’re alright. It happens at the exact time when you need to be pulled up.
If you have friends and family you’ve been meaning to get in touch with – call. Someone you plan to meet – visit. Something that needs to be done – do it. There’s no better time than *right now*. Because timing is everything.”