This post is dedicated to ChrisB who keeps a wonderful blog and who recently mentioned in one of his comments, “no mud, no lotus”.
So thank you Chris, for the quote has stayed with me for several days now, and means something precious; it gives me Hope.
Without mud, you cannot have a lotus flower. Without suffering, you have no ways in order to learn how to be understanding and compassionate…. Happiness is the lotus flower, and the suffering is the mud. So the practice is how to make use of the suffering, make use of the mud, to create the flower, the happiness, and this is possible.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh