Today, as I read through my WordPress Reader Feed, I saw Deo’s post: “Favorite Inspirational Quote on Perseverance by Goldie Hawn” As I read the first quote, I was reminded of a book I had read back in 2006 by Goldie entitled A Lotus Grows in the Mud. I had read her book during a very dark time in my life and I have to say, reading about her life’s journey as well as her ability to stand in the face of adversity while holding her head high, gave me much hope and inspiration. Towards the end of the book, Goldie explains the title of her book, which is essentially what is written below. If you haven’t read her book, I highly recommend you pick up a copy and no, you cannot have mine.
“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.
Deo, thank you for reminding me of such an amazingly inspirational woman!