If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong
– Maseru Emoto, Secret Life of Water
In late June every year, I head to my local botanical garden, Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna, VA to take in the beauty of the blooming lotuses. For a variety of reasons, I thought I missed them this year as I never found time to get to the gardens. Over Labor Day weekend, I took my visiting niece to the gardens for the first time. I had told her about my June ritual of seeking out the lotus gardens and wistfully wished she would be able to come back earlier in the year to witness the beauty of the lotus. As we rounded the corner and headed toward the water where they would normally be in bloom, we excitedly gasped as a few brave lotuses bloomed next to others who petals were long gone. May you feel the magic of the lotus today and every day!