And such is the case with this photo. I absolutely love lotus flowers, which grow in profusion in water gardens across Hawaii. In Asia the lotus flower is a symbol of freedom from suffering. The flower rises triumphantly above the muddy waters below and displays a beauty that belies its origins. This is a powerful lesson for us mortals.
I found this tender shoot rising from a waterscape in Kauai and I was honored to be present at her birth. I feel that this tender bud symbolizes my own journey, the beginning of something beautiful unfolding in my life.