“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
I feel incredibly blessed to have made friends through my writing from day one. If you are one of the people I have met along the way, thank you for being supportive of me and realizing we are not competition for one another, but supporters and strength during rough times.
Apparently I’ve shared this one before. At least I’m consistent. 😉
For those of you who detest politics as much as I do, I apologize in advance. I’m almost certain I’m about to get insanely political. As an advocate, I feel like this is an immense turning point for me to become more involved day-to-day. If you feel this may offend you, please ignore those posts and stay tuned for regularly amusing anecdotes and honesty. If it becomes a real issue for you, I welcome your comments.
“Others imply that they know what it is like to be depressed because they have gone through a divorce, lost a job, or broken up with someone. But these experiences carry with them feelings. Depression, instead, is flat, hollow, and unendurable. It is also tiresome. People cannot abide being around you when you are depressed. They might think that they ought to, and they might even try, but you know and they know that you are tedious beyond belief: you are irritable and paranoid and humorless and lifeless and critical and demanding and no reassurance is ever enough. You’re frightened, and you’re frightening, and you’re ‘not at all like yourself but will be soon’, but you know you won’t.” ―Kay Redfield Jamison