Be like the lotus flower floating in muddy waters. Blossom regardless of all the mud, and because of the mud. You are meant to shine, even in the toughest times. Keep believing in your vision. To all my lotus friends out there, never forget the power you have to make a difference. You are simply the beautiful lotus floating in muddy waters.
Forgiveness can be hard. Sometimes what happened was truly so awful that it feels unforgivable. Other times the person who hurt us has never apologised or doesn’t care. It can seem like forgiving someone would be letting them off without any consequences, or doing them a favour which they don’t deserve. So why is forgiveness so important?
You make thousands of decisions everyday. You decide what time to get up, what you’ll eat for breakfast, how you will make that breakfast, what dish you will put it on, what you’ll say to your loved ones as they wake up, what you’ll wear, how much shampoo you’ll use, and that’s all within the first few minutes of being awake! Clearly, we all know how to make decisions, but it’s the bigger decisions that get us hung up. Sometimes we can go years struggling over a decision. We are so afraid of making a mistake that it can seem easier to not even choose what to do.
Fate is a rather old fashioned idea. In the Middle Ages, in England, when you met a very poor person, that person would be described as an ‘unfortunate’ – literally, somebody who had not been blessed by fortune. This is no longer vogue. Nowadays, people might call that same person a ‘loser’ or try to sell them a self-help book or DVD.