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The Lotus Flower

The meaning of the lotus flower holds such power because it can offer hope and strength to people struggling in their daily lives. It is a symbol that shows that no matter where you start off in life and no matter what you’re going through, you have the ability to rise above, overcome all negativity and find bliss as you emerge from your struggles.

As I have gone through my separation and divorce, I have come to use the lotus flower as a reminder that no matter where I find myself, there is beauty to be found. I have used the symbol as a reminder that there can be beauty in persevering.

As I go about each day, I allow myself to feel the emotions that come to me. However, I also don’t allow myself to become lost in the negative emotions. Yes, I feel them. Yes, I acknowledge them. But I don’t allow them to define me.

Instead I look to the lotus flower to decide how I can emerge from the murkiness better and brighter. I look to the lotus flower to determine how I can find the same strength as that little flower who emerges from the muddy waters, not covered in mud but bright and beautiful.

I have struggled throughout the past (almost) two years. However, it’s been with the help of my friends, my family and my therapist to redifine my life. It’s been with the encouragement of all of those people in my life that I have explored and adventured beyond what I could have even dreamed of in the past.

I have learned that there can be strength that comes from sorrow. I have learned that I am stronger, more capable than I ever could have realized. I have learned that I am braver than I knew. I have come to find and embrace my own personal style, my own interests. I have discovered, explored all aspects of myself – my likes, my dislikes, my fears, my strengths, my weaknesses.

I have grown, as that flower does, from struggles faced. I have been in the murky waters, but rise to face the sun each morning. I have seen and felt the negativity, but embrace the positive. I have held on to the hope of a new beginning.


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