No Mud, No Lotus

We all have those days that make us just want to give up. We want to curl up into a ball in our beds and wait for all of the chaos in our lives to pass. Feeling overwhelmed and unmotivated is normal, but what we sometimes fail to realize is that naturally bad days are eventually followed by good days. 

This "quote" is actually the title of a book written by Thich Nhat Hanh. In No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering. Which Nhat Hanh teaches you to transform your suffering into joy.

This "quote" is actually the title of a book written by Thich Nhat Hanh. In No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering. Which Nhat Hanh teaches you to transform your suffering into joy.

Without the bad days, good days would not be appreciated as much as they are. Say, for example, you lost your job. After applying to countless new positions, you finally land the job of your dreams. You're getting paid more to do easier work and it's much closer to home. If you were to never lose your original job, you never would have found this new awesome job.

While this particular example may not apply to everyone, we all encounter events that dramatically impact our lives. Even if we don't necessarily receive anything tangible or a new job from the "bad days turned good", what we gain from them is sometimes beautiful enough.

From the "mud" in our lives, we often grow as people. We gain strength, patience or even a new love for something we once hated. It's important that we realize that after the bad days or unwelcome events have finished, some good is bound to find its way back into our lives. Mud is temporary. A beautiful lotus floating on the calmest of waters had to encounter mass amounts of mud just to get to where it is. 

The same goes for life. We all have to encounter the bad days to get back to the good ones. You are not alone in your bad day, thousands of other people are in your shoes. Ride it out and the good day will be eagerly awaiting you. Don't give up, don't get yourself down about it.

If you see someone struggling in some "mud", help them out. Smile at them. Give them a compliment. You know how they're feeling, you've been there. Even the happiest of people have bad days. Your time as a lotus will come, just be patient and have faith in the universe.

Everything will work out. I promise.

I hope you have a phenomenal Monday and happy Columbus Day!

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