I liken this time in my life, in your life, in our lives to the Lotus flower whose seed is planted deep in the bottom of a pool of muddy water; and through stormy and calm seasons has fought its way to the surface. As it grows from its root it pushes onward and upward toward the light. And just after it breaks the waters’ surface it blooms into the most beautiful, vibrant water lily one can imagine.
There is a Chinese poem that depicts the life of the Lotus flower most eloquently, “The leaves break the bandage of the green stem, stretching themselves and form a green pool with untidy edges. Now the flower comes from out of the vast surface of the water, just like a very beautiful woman coming gracefully from her bath.”
Chinese poets also use Lotus flowers to inspire people to continue striving through difficulties and to show their best part to the outside world, no matter how bad the circumstances may be. This is understood as being just like the Lotus flower, bringing beauty and light from the murky darkness at the bottom of the pond.
I want to be a Lotus flower. I want all of us to be!
It’s been weeks since I have had the opportunity to share my thoughts in writing. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve shared PLENTY of thoughts (and a few gestures) over the past twelve weeks of producing the state fair, but the quality time I once spent on a Sunday evening writing about my crazy week, crazy job or the crazy people in it has been on hold as I pushed onward and upward through some pretty muddy waters of my own. Tonight, it is cathartic making time for my long-trusted friend “the blog.” I’ve taken part in an effort to save the Tennessee State Fair and by all counts, succeeded. And now, on the other side of that daunting task is a very tired woman and the wonder of what’s next. I’m guessing this is my time to blossom–again!
I thought about waiting until I was fully recuperated and on more solid ground, but that wouldn’t have been very “Lotus flower” of me would it? And the truth of the matter is, there is no perfect time to get a fresh perspective and dig in and celebrate the fruits of our labors while pushing through life’s waters. There’s also no time to rest on our laurels. Waiting for the right time or place would be like, “a flower planted in North Dakota putting off blooming because it would prefer to do so in Illinois.” It just doesn’t make sense. Now truly is the time!
These post-event doldrums are like that beautiful water lily having to make a trip back down below the surface to start the climb all over again. I wonder if that flower would feel the same way right now had she kept some balance in her life the past few months (hint, hint)? Sometimes it takes wallowing down in the muddy waters to reflect and realize that we have a lot to look forward to…it also takes some reassurance from within that we are exactly where we should be, doing exactly what we should be to continue with our life’s work. We must push through so one day we can become beautiful Lotus flowers that people can admire and enjoy. Yes, I will do it (or something equally as crazy) again…but next time there will be ground rules:
- Never, ever, ever give up the balance of your beautiful life and family for your job
- Spread your “yeses” and “no’s” out according to your priorities and your abilities
- Make time for the littlest of things that mean a whole lot to the people around you
Then dig in, plant your seed and push on! Push through the doldrums and the struggles and the murky waters. Set your aim at the sunshine and get busy. THIS is our time! Nobody ever said life would be easy but no one ever said we couldn’t get through it all either. We survive, we fight, we persevere; we become Lotus flowers time and time again throughout our lives. It’s a thing of beauty and grace. It’s our calling to emerge from whatever stormy depths of our lives as the strong, resilient women God made us to be!