284/365 – Grow as a lotus (Goldie Hawn)

“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. ”
– Goldie Hawn