How You Begin Doesn’t Determine the Outcome

February 4, 2017 By

Lotus growing in murky waters

The lotus comes from the murkiest water but grows into the purest thing. – Nita Ambani

Perhaps the whole idea of dark beginnings not determining your future is a bit cliche, but it doesn’t make it any less true. Cliches are created and perpetuated for a reason… there is a nugget of truth that can be found and applied. The same is true of the lowly beginnings of the lotus flower.

Here’s what I learned about the lotus with a little research:

Despite being in water, the lotus never gets wet. It blooms despite its humble origins in muddy and murky waters. The surroundings it is born into and spends its entire life in, do not touch the flower that blooms. In fact, the lotus is known as a symbol of purity amid ignorance.

Can you believe that? What a beautiful analogy in nature for us to consider, especially if our origins or current circumstances feel less than ideal. And let’s be honest, that means 99% of us.

Next time you feel that the ignorance and darkness surrounding you may overtake and drag you under, remember the lotus and simply bloom where you are planted. Shine your light. Speak your truth. Be who you are and who you most want to be. You too can be a symbol of hope amidst a dark backdrop.