I love Lotus flowers, they’re beautiful, sacred in some religions, and bloom above water after springing up from the muddy earth. They bloom clean and pure, without a speck of mud on their exquisite petals.
The Lotus seedpods are on display when the flower is in bloom, but the seeds themselves will wait to sprout until they are ready to grow, even hundreds of years.
In 2015 there was a Lotus flower that sprouted from ancient, 600 year old seeds. It was on display at the Botanic Gardens in Hefei, China, briefly of course since they only bloom for a few days. The seeds were found at a construction site in China, and a carbon dating test revealed that they were from either the Yuan (1271-1368) or Ming (1368-1644) dynasties.
Whenever I feel impatient about where I am in life, I think about that flower, and how it waited hundreds of years for it’s destiny. To be shown in full bloom at a botanical garden where it could be appreciated by the many people who love flowers.
I put this blog together to inspire the Lotus quality in all of us. Perhaps we have some mud to wade through, but when the time is right, we’ll bloom. Writing this blog may not be my first endeavor in life, but that’s okay, because it’s never too late to flourish.